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Russia, China against Iran sanctions: Russian Official

Press TV - Russia and China are against the Western powers' call for fresh sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, a Russian official declared.

"Russia is against the sanctions pushed forward by some of the six," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov told Interfax on Friday pointing to the recent meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

"The Western countries are for the sanctions. China like Russia did not back it," he added, a day after the meeting was held in Paris to discuss Iran's nuclear program, AFP reported.

A French Foreign Ministry statement stressed that the UN Security Council "reaffirmed the importance of the dual-track approach," namely holding talks with Tehran and at the same time considering more sanctions on Iran.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also told journalists "We have always been supporters of both sanctions and dialogue."

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