US Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken has told lawmakers that it will be "difficult" for Washington and other powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran before next Monday, the deadline set for finalising the negotiations.
EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran`s contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.
Iran`s foreign minister headed to New York Tuesday to resume nuclear talks with major powers but it was unclear if there would be a repeat visit by President Hassan Rouhani, who launched Tehran`s opening a year ago.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran`s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met behind closed doors Monday in Istanbul to discuss the path toward a final nuclear deal, an Iranian source said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton an EU-brokered agreement signed on February 21 should be the basis for stabilising the situation in Ukraine, the ministry said on Wednesday.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was set on Wednesday to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych amid opposition accusations the embattled leader was dragging his feet over proposals to resolve a crisis.
Ukrainian lawmakers failed to agree on curbing the president`s powers at a stormy debate on Tuesday as international pressure grew for ending the two-month crisis with the expected arrival of the EU foreign policy chief.