May 14th, 2010
09:38 PM ET

Medvedev: Brazilian visit could be last chance for Tehran

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran this weekend could be the last opportunity to reach an agreement with Tehran and to avoid U.N. Security Council sanctions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

"Given that my friend President Lula is an optimist, I will also be an optimist, and estimate it [the probability of his successful mission to Tehran] at 30 percent," Medvedev said with a chuckle. He spoke in a televised joint press conference with Lula after Russian-Brazilian talks in Moscow.

"I am very much counting on the mission of the Brazilian president to be successful," he added, switching to a serious tone.

"This could be the last chance before the U.N. Security Council makes the already known decisions," Medvedev said, referring to the U.N. decision on imposing sanctions against Iran.

"Yesterday, we discussed this issue on the phone with the United States president, bearing in mind that we need a consolidated position on this issue. And I said that, in my opinion, it is necessary to give the Brazilian president an opportunity to use the entire set of arguments that the international community has at the moment, to persuade Iran to begin cooperating," Medvedev said.

"If there are no changes [in the Iranian position], if attempts to persuade Iran in favor of relevant forms of cooperation fail, then the international community will be compelled to act according to the approaches that are also being discussed by the sextet. I would not like the situation to develop that way. Nevertheless, I can't exclude it."

The sextet refers to the six nations that have been dealing with the Iran nuclear issue - China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Brazilian president, for his part, said: "I am going there realizing that the dialogue that will take place is vital and I will try to use all my power of persuasion in this dialogue," according to the translation on the Kremlin website. "I will try to do my best to arrive at some sort of an agreement. I am flying to Iran convinced that we will find it."

The Brazilian president said that it is his goal to persuade his counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to cooperate with the international community.

"With every day bringing the talks in Iran closer, I am becoming a greater optimist," Lula said. "I was an optimist yesterday, and I am much more of an optimist today. And probably I will be an even greater optimist after meeting President Ahmadinejad."

Medvedev noted that currently there are few differences among the sextet of mediators on the Iranian nuclear problem, calling their approach a "consolidated" one.

"The general approaches are invariable, and virtually all countries adhere to them," he said.

"Firstly, Iran's nuclear program must be peaceful. Secondly, it should be controlled by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]. Thirdly, Iran must cooperate with the international community and the IAEA, and in the fourth place, Iran must observe the rules concerning the non-proliferation of nuclear technologies," Medvedev said.

The Russian and U.S. presidents discussed various bilateral and international issues in a phone call on Thursday that lasted for more than an hour and a half, according to the Kremlin press office. Medvedev and President Barack Obama discussed Iran's nuclear problem in detail, it said.

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  1. peter


    May 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. reason

    israel should let the Palestinians make casinos everywhere like the US did to native americans

    May 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BTG

    I am appalled that this is not a headline on CNN. It is on BBC. Do the Americans have to be at the center of things for CNN to make it a highlight?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. omg,they really said that?

    we can never again allow any country" good or bad " too produce nukes. the simple solution to all of this! have we not already caused to many problems by trying to police the world at the tip of a sword? what happened to putting little johnny's nose in the corner. shun a person enough and they will change. yes that's right, the little stuck up blonde from third period! kid games work well with kids. iran ='s one big kid! do you stop your 15 year old from messing up by putting sanctions on them or do you simply take the fun out of whatever they are doing wrong? we have access to most every smart person in the world. take some suggestions on what would be a good way to take the fun out of it for anyone that is doing things that disrupt the world from progress. im sure me can come up with a better way if we work together. and no, posting more negative comments is not where we begin. if that is all we can do then we are the problem. please every one, try to be nice. and no spitting. stop little johnny!!!!!!!!!!oh you little...........later dude.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mohammad A Dar

    we can never again allow any country" good or bad " too produce nukes. the simple solution to all of this! have we not already caused to many problems by -----–Who are you to dictate any one, what they can do and what they can not do. It is you mind set causing problems. It seems it will not go away by your choice, but it will be ejected only by a big blow.Be ready, It is coming.

    May 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohammad A Dar

    Europeans are a bunch of pansies. Your countries are being overrun by Muslim nuts and you just sit back and do nothing.
    Posted by: darkages--------They are not hystical, like you are in America. They are smart enough to guage the danger, if there is any and respond to it accordingly. They under stand the differance of a call to responsibility and the call of the wolf, the Zino American Nu cons.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marcos

    "How many times should the whole world be humilated by a stone age regime who has no respect for anybody in this world including his own people ?!" (a previous comment)

    I would add: How many time we must to acept a small group of nations(organized in a small and powerfull security concil) to represent the international community?

    The world needs to change. There are billions of people that dont want a new war, Lula is trying to create a new way to deal and to negotiate in this case. I am not naive, but I consider that we must give peace a chance.

    The american international policy, suported by a huge device of media, pretend to negotiate. At last, it follows the principle that "we dont negotiate with terrorists...". Instead give peace a chance (I dont remember the last time that it happened), the war is an opportunity of business. The north-american's diplomats and representants should be more clear when exposing the real intention and position.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marcos

    It is the first time that I post my oppinion here, I would like to suggest that the order to show the comments should be inverted. Here, the last comment goes to the end, it doesnt help to keep a debate.It seens unconnected comments, and almost all reader just read the first comments.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mohammad A Dar

    "How many times should the whole world be humilated by a stone age regime who has no respect for anybody in this world including his own people ?!" (a--------Who gave you the authority to speak on behalf of the world. Preach you ignorance to some idiots of your kind. Keep on crying wolf, it will not spare you and the associates from the punishment of crimes.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. renji1

    we should let them have the nukes... either that or hav israel, u.s.a., russia, china, india, north korea, and pakistan get rid of theirs

    we hav no right to say what country can hav what...

    May 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A Persian

    Persians (Iranian) have existed nearly 8000 years, they will continue to do so, threats or no threats and ....keep guessing the rest

    May 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. US Citizen

    If Iran was really just using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes why all the smoke and mirrors? Why do they have so many centrifuges? Iran has sponsored terrorist groups that are focused on the US. In the book I have read they sponsored the money to Bin Laden. Who knows what they might do with some nuclear material? Can you really trust their government? The CIA sponsored fighters against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. It would be nice if we could just get along peacefully.

    May 16, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. maxhash

    Maxim Tkachenko is lier, his article about protests in russia is complete lie. The truth is here:!

    December 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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