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Russia will back US-Iran nuclear talks: FT

Published on Nov 12, 2012 6:01 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Russia will support one-to-one talks between the United States and Iran over Teheran's nuclear programme, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told the British-based publication that negotiations could help avert conflict between Israel and Iran.

Asked what Moscow's reaction to direct talks would be, Mr Ryabkov told the FT: "We will not have a word against this. Of course, we would hope we would be informed on the content of these arrangements.

"We are down to earth," he added. "We want something that will bring everyone out of this morass." Mr Ryabkov, Russia's chief negotiator on Iran's nuclear programme, confirmed that informal contacts between the US and Iran were ongoing.

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