Foreign Ministry: Moscow considers holding ‘six’ format ministerial meeting on Iran
Moscow considers it possible to hold a 'six' format ministerial meeting on Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists on Monday, ITAR-TASS reported.
"If it is necessary to hold a ministerial meeting, there is no problem. I'll say that the issue of the negotiation format should not be a priority," he said.
According to him, currently negotiations continue in the same format.
"This means that the chief negotiator from the group is Catherine Ashton and political directors or deputy minister of 'six' countries will help her. It there is a necessity to hold a ministerial meeting, a session of the 'group of six' with Iran we don't have problems with this.
"Of course, in spite of the difficult schedule of Minister Lavrov, there can be a window chosen for that contact despite the complexity of the agreement and interfacing schedules with colleagues.
However it should be understood there must be a reason for such a meeting. We need to prepare a condition to determine a range of issues that deserve to be discussed by the ministers. We still believe that the negotiations will be continued in the format that was established in recent years. This means that the chief negotiator from the group is Catherine Ashton and that the countries are represented by deputy ministers," he said.