RUSSIA ADVOCATES PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF IRAN' PROBLEM

Interfax
May 12 2010
Russia

Iran should be urged to behave constructively, and further efforts
should be made simultaneously to find peaceful ways of settling
the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear program, President Dmitry
Medvedev said.

"Concerning Iran, our position is well known and it has much in common
with Turkey's position," Medvedev said on Wednesday after talks wit
his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in Ankara.

"We discussed the necessity to make further efforts to stabilize the
situation and to urge Iran to behave constructively, but simultaneously
we must continue the search for a peaceful way of settling Iran's
problem," he said.

Medvedev also said that Russia will continue promoting the settlement
of the problem of Nagorno Karabakh and will confer on this issue with
other partners, including Turkey.

"We will promote this process, using all opportunities available, as
well as Russia's authority and influence. Naturally, we will confer
on these issues with the Turkish partners," Medvedev said.

The Russian president thanked the Turkish president for submitting
his proposals on the Russian draft of a European security treaty.