Russia interested in cooperation on civilian nuclear energy use with Iran - Lavrov

Russia and Iran are determined to continue cooperation in the development of peaceful utilization of nuclear energy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia and Iran are determined to continue cooperation in the development of peaceful utilization of nuclear energy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We are interested in continuing interaction with Iran towards the development of a peaceful nuclear energy industry. We see such interest on the Iranian side, and we know about Iran's plans to build more power units identical to the Bushehr one operating a light-water reactor, which, as I would like to stress, is not banned by any UN Security Council resolution," Lavrov said following negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Wednesday.

Zarif said at the same press conference, "We have had very good negotiations with our Russian counterparts on the development of cooperation on the reactor and nuclear plant. We have approached a final agreement and hope that we will be able to develop our cooperation in these sectors so as to ensure the diversity of energy resources in our country for producing fresh water. This combines the areas in which we cooperate with our Russian partners," Zarif said.

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