( RIA Novosti ) - Russia 's foreign minister said Monday he is concerned over the frequent statements made about a possible strike on Iran .
"I am concerned that forecasts and predictions of strikes on Iran have become frequent. In particular, the U.S. vice president mentioned the possibility in his recent statements," Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and government members.
Lavrov added that the U.S. vice president said during his recent visit to Australia that no one should allow Iran to ignore the position of the international community.
He also said that nobody discussing the issue of strikes on Iran referred to any UN sanctions to that effect.
Lavrov said Russia will make every effort to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem through talks.
Mohamed ElBaradei, secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), presented a new report on Iran 's nuclear program to the UN Security Council Friday, confirming that Iran is continuing its efforts to develop a full nuclear cycle despite an UN-imposed ban.
The report said Iran was continuing enrichment activities and was working to build more centrifuges in its underground center in Natanz in an apparent effort to reach industrial-scale production of nuclear fuel.
But the IAEA head said Iranian authorities have given UN inspectors access to all requested nuclear sites and documents, and have presented detailed reports on the use and storage of nuclear materials in line with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions.
Iran 's resumption of uranium enrichment in January 2006 has given rise to international suspicions that the country could be pursuing a nuclear weapons program, although Iran has consistently denied it.
The standoff caused by Iran 's unwillingness to suspend its nuclear research culminated in the United Nations Security Council adopting a resolution in December that imposed sanctions against Iran banning activities involving uranium enrichment, chemical reprocessing, heavy water-based projects, and the production of nuclear weapons delivery systems.
Lavrov said the Iran-Six, which comprises the UN Security Council's five permanent member-nations and Germany, will decide on further steps on the Iranian nuclear program during a London meeting at the deputy foreign minister level February 26.
He said they will try to find a way to resume talks on Iran , but stressed it would be a difficult task as Iran continually fails "to provide satisfactory answers to IAEA questions," while predictions of a strike on the Islamic Republic have become more frequent.