Russia hopeful of deal to ease Iran nuclear standoff

Russia is hopeful that talks between Iran and world powers will produce a preliminary deal this week to ease the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.


Iranian negotiators and diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany were due to meet in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss a proposed deal under which Tehran would suspend parts of its program in exchange for some sanctions relief. (Reuters)