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20 January 2012 - 21:00

Deputy of foreign policy and international affairs of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri said on Thursday that Tehran’s discussion with Moscow on step-by-step approach is underway.

According to Khabar Online correspondent, Baqeri who is currently in Moscow also noted: "Consultation with Russian officials on the time and place of further negotiations between Iran and 5+1 group is going on."
"The agenda of negotiations with 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) will be set after an agreement is reached between all parties, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council deputy added.
Iran has already welcomed talks with Russia on a confidence-building, step-by-step approach proposed by Russia on July 13, since the Islamic Republic's officials have said they believe it was suggested out of a good will.
The step-by-step approach is aimed at taking measures by the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond to the questions of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program. The plan has been revised recently since its first draft was offered to meet the demands of Tehran.
Based on the plan proposed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Iran would enter into a new phase of negotiations on its nuclear program to ease the concerns of IAEA, and instead the West would remove a part of its economic sanctions imposed on Iran on the pretext of the latter’s nuclear program.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Baqeri said that Iran and Russia are two neighboring countries which play active roles on the international scene and have had constructive and permanent consultation on the key regional issues.
"The Russian officials invited the members of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to Moscow again to be informed of our view on the step-by-step approach, and it’s one of the key issues of discussion between the Islamic Republic's delegation board and Russian officials," he stated on the current visit to Moscow.
The Supreme National Security Council deputy pointed out that Tehran is in the run-up to the new rounds of negotiations with 5+1 group. Iran and the 5+1 group already held two rounds of talks in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2010 and in the Istanbul, Turkey in January 2011.
"Invited by Russia's Foreign Ministry, the Iranian delegation board aimed to meet Russian political and security officials to discuss on regional and international issues and those of mutual interest," he added.
Unlike the West, Russia has said it does not approve the sanctions on Iran which go beyond the resolutions passed by the Unites Nations Security Council (UNSC). Moscow has warned as well that any military attack to Iran would bring calamitous consequences.
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