Iran-Russia talks end with some progress
The Iranian delegation which arrived in Moscow to discuss Iran's nuclear program has reportedly left without having achieving many concrete results. However, the two sides did agree on the principles of a "common formula" for the Russian plan to allow Iran to enrich uranium on its soil.
The proposal, set forth by Moscow, would ensure greater oversight of Iran's controversial nuclear program in an effort to ease international tension surrounding it.
"The negotiations were positive and constructive -- we talked about the principles of a common formula and reached an agreement on those principles," head of the Iranian delegation Ali Hosseini-Tash said, according to the AFP.
The sides also agreed that "referring Iran's dossier to the (UN) Security Council would ruin the peaceful path of finding a solution," added Hosseini-Tash.
Western governments, fearful that Iran is working to produce a nuclear weapon, will likely support sanctions against Iran if the conflict is not resolved through negotiations.
Reports that the talks were less then fruitful were also countered by Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, who stated, "I would be cautious about using the terms 'collapse' or 'failure' until the talks are over," reported Reuters, quoting Itar-Tass.
A senior Iranian added that future negotiations would continue in Tehran, as the head of Russia's atomic energy agency, Sergei Kiriyenko, is set to arrive in Iran later this week.
"Another round of the (Iran-Russia) talks will take place in Tehran in the coming days," said the Iranian official.