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Iran vs the P3+3—Russia plays middleman to global nuclear talks

Iran vs the P3+3—Russia plays middleman to global nuclear talks

Hopes of reviving global nuclear talks this week are low, despite Russia’s intentions to revive discussions.


August 15, 2011 11:57 by

…seek to exploit the differences.”


While Tehran has welcomed Russian know-how in developing nuclear power, it has become increasingly frustrated by successive delays in the project which was initially started by Germany’s Siemens in 1975, but has yet to start working.

Some Iranians suspect the latest delays might be a deliberate attempt by Russia to gain leverage over Tehran, a view shared by Russian analyst Fyodor Lukyanov.

“I can imagine that there are some real technical problems, but also since this is the only means now at Russia’s disposal to influence Iran maybe Russia is trying to push Iran toward a more constructive position by finding new ‘technical problems’,” said Lukyanov, editor of the journal Russia in Global Affairs.

Russia has also declined to deliver an S-300 air defense system Iran had ordered, winning applause from Israel which said the arms could help fend off any future strike but infuriating Tehran. Medvedev banned export in September, saying it would violate the expanded U.N. sanctions. (Additional reporting by Sylvia Westall in Vienna and Alissa de Carbonnel in Moscow; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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