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26 Jul, 2010 09:19

Russia takes realistic approach to Iranian nuclear deal

A nuclear swap deal with Iran, proposed by Turkey and Brazil, is set to come under scrutiny in Vienna.

Tehran is expected to send a letter to the UN nuclear watchdog answering questions over the proposal.

Turkey and Brazil are starting to play a more important and more independent role in international politics, pointed out Igor Khokhlov, fellow with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

“The Turks have much to offer and contribute to the solution of the problem,” he said.

“The basic idea is to lure Iranians back to the negotiation table,” Khokhlov stated.

Russia, which has always had close relations with Iran, has constantly been realistic and consistent. That is why “Russia does follow international law and Russia also follows its national interests.”

“Russia is a major power that has many partners and Russia has to take into account all their interests,” Khokhlov announced.

On one hand, Russia is finishing the construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr for Iran, but on the other, Russia refused to fulfil a contract on selling to Iran the S-300 anti-aircraft missile complex following international sanctions imposed on Iran.

“Russia is interested in a peaceful Middle East,” Khokhlov said, “So Russia follows international law, national interests, and, of course, common sense.”