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Stalling on Sanctions

While the U.S. has threatened Iran with new sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, it has yet to secure the support of its prospective ally. During an Oct. 13 meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called a fourth round of sanctions "counterproductive" and reaffirmed Moscow's commitment to continuing diplomatic talks with Tehran. Lavrov's statement came just three weeks after Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signaled an openness to sanctions. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, declared that it was too early to scrap negotiations, telling reporters, "There is no...

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