Russia says Iran nuclear talks were "quite promising"


MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Talks this week between Iran andsix global powers over Tehran's nuclear programme were "verytough but quite, quite promising," Russian Foreign Ministryspokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

He sounded more upbeat than Deputy Foreign Minister SergeiRyabkov, the Russian negotiator at the talks in Geneva, who saidon Wednesday that the sides were far apart and there was noguarantee of further progress toward ending the standoff.

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