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Question: How could Russia help the United States in its efforts to discontinue the Iranian nuclear program so that the US side would drop the development of a shield against the Iranian threat?
Mr. Lavrov: Russian approach to the situation around the Iranian nuclear program is not aimed at helping anyone. Russia has been dealing with problem as a member of the Six which has worked out a collective position on a peaceful, political and diplomatic resolution of this specific issue. The Six includes representatives of the European Union, United States, Russia and China. The course charted by the Six should be implemented by all members of the group. Taking into account its fresh approach toward Iran, which began to show, we hope that the United States will be able to make a more effective contribution than in the past years to the resolution of this issue.
We attach particular importance to the intention announced by the new administration in Washington to open a direct dialogue with Iran. I am convinced that this will contribute to the shared efforts by the Six to implement those proposals which the Six tabled for consideration of Iran. I hope that the efforts made by Mr. Javier Solana and his colleagues on behalf of the Six concerning the creation of conditions for opening a negotiating process will be continued and crown with success.
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