Possible Iran-U.S. dialogue should not harm Russia - Foreign Ministry

Russia does not object to bilateral dialogue between the United States and Iran, but insists that this dialogue be transparent and not harm Russian interests, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists.

"First, they have not agreed to hold any direct dialogue. Second, we commented on this topic at the end of last year," he said.

"We are not opposed to such a dialogue, but we would like it to be transparent, which means that we would like to know the essence of the agreements in order to be able to be certain that no steps are taken in this sphere at Russia's expense or harm Russian interests," Ryabkov said.

Commenting on the existing format of the talks, Ryabkov said that none of the sides had rejected this format.

"The P5+1 group is meeting in Almaty next week. If we speak about bilateral American-Iranian dialogue, Russia, as a nation, does not object to it, but it hopes that the partners, including the U.S. and Iran, will show sufficient understanding in relation to our request to make this process transparent," Ryabkov said.

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