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Russia does not back Iranian nuclear conference's statement

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia does not support a final document distributed after an international nuclear conference in Iran that gathered top officials and experts from 60 countries, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The conference on disarmament and nonproliferation, entitled Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for None, was held in Tehran on April 17-18. Russia was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

"We consider the final document drafted by the Iranian side following the Tehran conference on disarmament and nonproliferation as nothing more than a resume by its chairman reflecting exclusively his private opinion," Andrei Nesterenko said.

"The document was not discussed by the event's participants and it was not submitted for approval by delegates," he said, without elaborating on the essence of the document.

The United States and other Western countries suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program and are seeking new sanctions following Iran's move to enrich uranium to 20%.

The Iran Six (France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and China) began on April 19 discussing the text of a draft resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.

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