October 21, 2006, RFE/RL -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow opposes any attempt to use the UN Security Council to punish Iran for its disputed nuclear program.
He also said Moscow is against using the nuclear issue as a pretext to discuss regime change in Tehran. Lavrov made the comments in an interview with the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.
Lavrov said Moscow is ready to discuss ways to persuade Iran into accepting broader international oversight.
(AP, Reuters, AFP)
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