Russia confirms agreement on UN Iran sanctions draft

Russia on Wednesday confirmed that it and the other members of the UN Security Council were in agreement over a US-proposed draft resolution that would impose tough new sanctions on Iran.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 18:33 PM IST

Moscow: Russia on Wednesday confirmed that it and
the other members of the UN Security Council were in agreement
over a US-proposed draft resolution that would impose tough
new sanctions on Iran.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton overnight that Moscow was still in accord with
the draft text, after a surprise nuclear deal agreed between
Iran, Brazil and Turkey, the foreign ministry said.
The resolution would expand an arms embargo and measures
against Iran`s banking sector and ban it from mining uranium
and developing ballistic missiles overseas, a US official said
in New York.

"From the Russian side it was confirmed that the
understanding in principle reached within the 5+1 (the
permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) on
the draft resolution has been maintained," the foreign
ministry statement said.
It said Lavrov and Clinton had discussed the impact on
the new resolution of the agreement brokered by Brazil for
Iran to swap the bulk of its enriched uranium for nuclear fuel
in Turkey.

The statement said Lavrov had made clear the situation
after the deal should now be "analysed in the most detailed
way".

PTI