Agreement on Iranian nuclear problem already close - Lavrov

Final agreement on settling the Iranian nuclear problem is within reach and is based to a large extent on initial proposals made by Russia several years ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Ufa.

Final agreement on settling the Iranian nuclear problem is within reach and is based to a large extent on initial proposals made by Russia several years ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Ufa.

"We have come close to concluding not interim but final, comprehensive agreement. It is within reach and is based on the formula the Russian president approved in the framework of the Russian foreign policy concept," Lavrov said.

"We have made a very serious contribution that, firstly, the talks resumed and got stable character seeking result. They were at a dead end for many years but several years ago Russia proposed to find basis to resume the talks and, at that, follow phasing and mutuality principles," Lavrov said.

At the same time, Lavrov said he expected to participate in the meeting of P5+1 and Iran at the level of foreign ministers for final approval of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear issues.

"As to the next contact at the level of foreign ministers, P5+1 and Iran, I hope to finally draw this agreement, then it could take place at any time. And I expect that as soon as my participation in high-level events in Ufa is over, I will be ready to join my colleagues at any time," Lavrov said.

"I only hope that indeed this will be a final meeting, at which certain aspects can be accorded, but that this meeting will not be something like when someone would attempt to dissect again agreements of the previous stage. Unfortunately, our contacts were not free from such attempts, which do not help but drag us back and postpone achieving final agreements," the Russian minister said.

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