Russia urges Iran to cooperate with UN on nuclear program

Russia urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday to be “more constructive” when dealing with global powers on nuclear issues, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the leaders of the two countries met.

Russia believes Iran could do more to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the 5+1 grouping of the five permanent United Nations Security Council members and Germany, Lavrov told reporters in the Kazakh capital Astana.

“We raised the question with Ahmadinejad about the necessity of more constructive cooperation with 5+1 and, more importantly, about increasing the transparency of contacts between Iran and the IAEA,” Lavrov said.