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Japan: Moscow would welcome US-Iran negotiations - Lavrov04:29

Japan: Moscow would welcome US-Iran negotiations - Lavrov

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May 31, 2019 at 06:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would welcome talks between US and Iran, speaking during a press conference following talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Friday.

“We do not impose our services. We will welcome the start of negotiations,” Lavrov said.

“We are convinced that to negotiate from the position of ‘first I will strangle you economically, and then you will beg us to negotiate’ is not what we would call an exemplary behaviour in foreign policy,” he said, adding that Iran has already state that it would not under “sanctions” or “blackmail.”

The Russian foreign minister also said that claims Russia had conducted a low-yield nuclear test were “nonsense” and had been debunked by “organisations monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and renowned experts in the US.”

On Wednesday, US Defense Intelligence Agency Lt Gen Robert Ashley said that Russia was “probably not adhering to” the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation Lassina Zerbo said there was no evidence to support the claim.

Lavrov also said that the “fundamental military nature” of the alliance between the US and Japan, as well as US declarations that Russia is an enemy, was problematic.

Japan: Moscow would welcome US-Iran negotiations - Lavrov04:29
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would welcome talks between US and Iran, speaking during a press conference following talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Friday.

“We do not impose our services. We will welcome the start of negotiations,” Lavrov said.

“We are convinced that to negotiate from the position of ‘first I will strangle you economically, and then you will beg us to negotiate’ is not what we would call an exemplary behaviour in foreign policy,” he said, adding that Iran has already state that it would not under “sanctions” or “blackmail.”

The Russian foreign minister also said that claims Russia had conducted a low-yield nuclear test were “nonsense” and had been debunked by “organisations monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and renowned experts in the US.”

On Wednesday, US Defense Intelligence Agency Lt Gen Robert Ashley said that Russia was “probably not adhering to” the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation Lassina Zerbo said there was no evidence to support the claim.

Lavrov also said that the “fundamental military nature” of the alliance between the US and Japan, as well as US declarations that Russia is an enemy, was problematic.

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