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19 January 2012 - 22:06

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized certain world powers for pushing for war against Iran, lauding Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In a meeting with Undersecretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Baqeri in Moscow, Lavrov said Moscow was prepared to help ensure the success of the upcoming talks between Tehran and the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed on January 8 that Iran and the P5+1 have agreed in principle to hold talks in Turkey.

On Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi proposed Turkey as the venue for the upcoming talks, suggesting that negotiations should be resumed as soon as possible.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul last January.

Referring to Russia's positive role in resumption of Iran's negotiations with the P5+1, Baqeri stressed the ineffectiveness of dialogue-pressure approach and said Tehran considers the dialogue-cooperation strategy an effective way to achieve a win-win conclusion for both sides.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to impose four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has refuted the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, Tehran is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful use.
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