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. saskatoon

    People whose comments are pro war – admit it – you don;t know the first thing about iran except for what is being fed to your thick skulls by Rupert Murdoch!

    May 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Israel has no nuclear oversight and complete impunity. Pakistan and India produce nuclear missiles with our tacit consent. Other nuclear powers do whatever the hell they want. US (the only country to use nukes against civilian populations) openly admits that it will use nuclear weapons agains Iran. It calls them "tactical" nukes to make them sound more friendly. If you subjected any nuclear country to the same scrutiny Iran is subjected to you could conjure up questions marks and make nefarious inferences. Iran can't even produce enough uranium to fuel to power it's only non-working nuclear power station but somehow Iran is the bad guy in all this. All the hoohaa about Iran is Fakery and theatrics designed for imbecilic minds.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Neil

    I WILL REPEAT THE FACT THAT NO ONE HERE COMMENTS ON: Judaism began over 2,000 years before Islam and the Jews were in the land of Israel for over 2,000 years before the Muslims. So how on earth are the Jews "occupying" Muslim land? More importantly, Iran is threatening to attack Israel. Even if Israel has weapons, they would only be used in defensive purposes because Iran is a present day Nazi Germany.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John from Europe

    Neil: The only one threatening to attack anyone is Israel and US on IRAN.
    Also look up canaanites, where they jewish? Turn off your biased media please.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ricky

    hell with russia and the rest.why don't they ask zionist to open their doors for inspectors? they have over 200 bombs and the whole world and even people on this site know that for a long time but noone can or dare talk about this criminal regime.get rid of isreal bombs ,then you can talk about iran you hypocrites.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Neil

    John from Europe, go read the bible (both Christian and Jewish) and you will see that the Jews were in the land of Israel before the Muslims. Please tell me how the Jews are "occupying" land in Israel when they were there first? And Ahmadinejad is a hard core racist of both Christians and Jews. Time to face the facts.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ricky

    Neil you are full of it doush.to you isrea cann,t do wrong,even if they massecare 1400 people in 2 weeks while you watched and enjoyed it.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John from Europe

    Neil: You are yourself a racist if you follow the bible. Dont trick me.
    The only racist state is Israel treating their population differently regards to their etnicity.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kleyner

    Congratulations, Lula!
    We Americans, we are also with you!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I am Brazilian, and Brazil is doing a good thing. And please don't use your dirty hands to drag the great Jew People and the Nation of Israel to this mess.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Israel is the reason for this mess, they reject laws and stand outside the NPT.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Well, John,
    in south america there is a great nation with ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY MILLION of people who follow and love the Bible, the Word of God.

    So shut your mouth. imagine if we were one hundred and niney million of muslims. we would have an army traveling around to kill anybody who makes a silly cartoon....

    what crazy world.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Well im not gonna reply to that ignorant message, occidentalism is a thing of the past and your xenophobic is evident. Travel some..

    May 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    There are two major problems that need to be solved in the Middle East in order to bring about the possiblity of stability and a lasting peace in the Region:

    1. A Regime change in Iran to something similar to that which exists in Iraq.

    2. The return of the internationally recognized land borders of Israel to that area which was granted by the UN in 1948, creating the State of Israel.

    The solution to the first issue has to come from within Iran. The solution to the second issue will largely be influenced by the Jewish Lobby in the US.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mohammad A Dar

    Will somebody please explain why there are no sanctions against Israel? This Country already has Nuclear Weapons, It is an apartheid regime which has committed numerous atrocities, including alleged war crimes, continues to defy the UN by illegally occupying Palestinian Land etc. Where is the snse of balance? Peace in the Middle East requires fairness towards the Palestinian and Iranian people and not just support for the Israeli people.
    Posted by: Brendan----------How USA and Europe can sanction them self. occupation of Philistine is not a country, but the Expansion of the crusaders, under a false name, criminality called Israel.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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