A meeting between the world powers and Iran is in the pipeline, though the date and venue of the meeting is still undecided; immediate negotiations are needed to address Tehran’s controversial nuclear issue, maintained Russia on Monday.
Date and Venue undecided, says Russia
"The meeting could take place on April 13 or 14 or in the following days.", Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying to the Interfax news agency. Sergei Lavrov was holding a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian here on Monday.
While citing the urgency of holding the dialogues with Tehran Sergei Lavrov added, "The situation is very complicated and could get worse. We can't wait anymore. These negotiations are extremely important."
Sergei Lavrov said above in reference to the statement made by the U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton. Clinton made it public last Saturday that negotiations between Iran and P5+1 group would take place on April 13th and 14th in the Capital of Turkey.
P5+1 is a self-styled international political group consisting five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany.
The last round of talks between Iran and P5+1 group were also held in Istanbul in January 2011 but failed to bear any evident significance on the Tehran nuclear issue.
Russia condemns military strike against Iran
While on his visit, Sergei Lavrov also said his state doesn’t support military strikes on Iran as a measure to address its looming nuclear threat.
The minister reiterated that U.S.-Israeli plans on pre-emptive strikes against Iran to thwart the region from creating atomic weapons would grossly violate the existing international law.
Amid growing tensions, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has recently stated in a public interview that Iranian officials are extremely vigilant on the possible air strikes on nuclear sites.
"The sanctions may have caused us small problems but we will continue our path. We do not underestimate any enemy, no matter how tiny and lowly they are.
"The regime’s officials – the supreme leader, the president, the army, the [Revolutionary] Guard and Basij [volunteer paramilitary force] – are completely vigilant. And the nation is prepared to defend the achievements of Islamic Iran." said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.