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US 'hopes' Ukraine crisis will not hit Iran talks

Published on Mar 15, 2014 1:41 AM

VIENNA (AFP) - Washington hopes any fallout from the Ukraine crisis will not undermine unity between the US, Russia and other powers in ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, a senior US administration official said Friday.

"I think that we all hope that the incredibly difficult situation in Ukraine will not create issues for this negotiation," the official said ahead of the next round of talks between Iran and six world powers in Vienna starting Tuesday.

"We hope that whatever happens in the days ahead, whatever actions we and the international community take, depending upon the decisions and the choices that Russia makes, that any actions that Russia subsequently takes will not put these negotiations at risk," the official said.

The official added that so far in the current push to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, which saw a major but interim deal struck in November, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany have been "completely united".

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