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Russia's foreign minister will visit Berlin April 5-6
Russia's foreign minister will visit Berlin April 5-6 to discuss Iran's controversial nuclear programs and prospects for peace talks between Israel and Palestine in the wake of general elections there, a senior official said Monday. "The situation around Iran's nuclear program and ways to consolidate the non-proliferation regime against the backdrop of global and regional proliferation risks will be among the international issues [on the agenda]," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said. He said Sergei Lavrov would meet with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Chancellor Angela Merkel, and would also discuss developments in Mideast following the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January and the elections in Israel last week. Efforts to bring stability in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Africa will also be central to the meetings in Berlin, he added. Kamynin said President Vladimir Putin's proposal to enrich uranium on Russian soil for nuclear power plants in Iran, still seen as an opportunity to defuse the conflict around Iran even though the Islamic Republic has so far failed to accept it, would again be discussed in Berlin. Last week, the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions if Iran is found to be in breach of its international nuclear non-proliferation commitments, urged Iran to re-impose a moratorium on uranium enrichment and allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities. It also gave the UN nuclear watchdog 30 days to report Tehran's compliance with its commitments. Iran insists it has the right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and says no evidence has been produced that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons.
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