Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the country should be officially informed of Lavrov's offer on Iran's nuclear issue. Salehi called Russian suggestion on Iran's nuclear drive "positive act" and said, "the Russian move shows Moscow's efforts to open doors, but Iran needs to be informed of the proposal in details officially."
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (L) and Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi
"Iran has not received Russian Foreign Minister's offer in written, but I have already got some letter from Lavrov which emphasized necessity of mutual consultations. We answered the letter and I hope we could meet in near future."
Russia laid out a "step-by-step" approach under which Iran could address questions about its nuclear program and be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.
The proposal, described by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after talks with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seeks to revive negotiations to put to rest Western claims that Iran may be seeking nuclear arms. Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany, in Geneva in December and in Istanbul in January, failed to make headway.
Lavrov said Russia had proposed a "phased" process in which Iran would take steps to address issues raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
As to Iran-Europe relations, Salehi said, "we believe Iran and Europe complete each other's role and there should not be any fall in our bilateral relations due to issues which can be eased."
He referred to his previous trips to Austria and Slovenia and said Iran and the EU have decided to continue consultations to normalize ties.
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