Russia’s Lavrov Said to Go to Switzerland for Iran Talks Friday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to travel to Switzerland on Friday for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, according to RIA Novosti.

Lavrov is expected to arrive in Lausanne on Friday evening and stay until Sunday, Russian state-run RIA reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified person. Lavrov, who is on a visit to Cuba, discussed Iran’s nuclear program by phone on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Lausanne to meet Zarif on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Monday. Talks “have not yet reached the finish line, but make no mistake, we have the opportunity to try to get this right,” Kerry said on Saturday in Lausanne.

Negotiators from the U.S., Russia and four other nations are seeking to reach agreement with Iran to ensure the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is peaceful, in exchange for relief from trade curbs that have squeezed its economy. Issues under discussion include the nuclear capacity Iran should be allowed to keep, the nature of inspections, and the pace of lowering sanctions, especially on oil exports.

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