“Iran’s negotiating tactics alienating key partner”

“Iran’s negotiating tactics alienating key partner”
January 21-26, 2010
     With Iran having officially rejected key elements of the proposed uranium export deal, some analysts see a weakening of Iran-Russia ties. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for a sober P5+1 response but expressed “regret” over Iran’s decision, and Russian officials are reportedly “exasperated” with Iran’s tactics and are open to the option of additional sanctions (Reuters). US Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle claims that Washington and Moscow are closer than ever in their positions on the Iranian nuclear issue (Xinhua), and on Monday, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili postponed a 3-day trip to Russia to see President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (AFP).
     Vladimir Yevseyev believes prospects are dim for Iran-Russia relations, which began cooling after the contested June election and the subsequent revelation of the secret Qom (Fordow) facility. Yevseyev writes that despite Moscow’s desire to increase bilateral military technical cooperation, Tehran has undermined the crucial uranium export deal and indicated its mistrust of Moscow by insisting that its LEU be exported to Turkey (Eurasia Review).
Reuters | Xinhua | AFP | Eurasia Review

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