MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia cannot
consider Iran's nuclear program "transparent" while the UN
nuclear watchdog still has concerns on this account, a senior
Russian member of parliament said Wednesday.
The United States and other Western countries suspect Iran
of secretly developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the
accusations saying its nuclear program is purely civilian.
"We in no way close our eyes to what is happening in Iran,
and cannot consider this program transparent while the
International Atomic Energy Agency has related questions," the
chairman of the Russian lower house international affairs
committee, Konstantin Kosachyov, told a RIA Novosti press
"Unlike the U.S., we consider the IAEA the only source of
any generalizations, conclusions and recommendations," he said,
adding that he expected talks on the issue to bear fruit in the
"I believe the Russian-American and Russian-European
dialogue, as well as the dialogue between Russia and China and
other Asian region states on the Iranian issue, will be more
productive in the future, and that ultimately Iran will be
included in it," he said.