Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Kremlin believes imposing sanctions on Tehran is not the best way to resolve the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
Speaking at a news conference in Moscow Tuesday, Lavrov called on Iran to suspend its sensitive nuclear research. Such a moratorium, he says, is the only way to revive nuclear talks between Tehran and the European Union.
In London, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair says it is still possible to achieve a negotiated solution of the dispute, without asking the United Nations Security Council to consider sanctions against Iran.
Britain, Germany and France are planning to call for an emergency board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency to discuss Iran's recent work on uranium enrichment.
Russia is urging caution, however. Moscow says Tehran has not ruled out a Russian proposal for a possible compromise -- a plan to allow Iran to enrich uranium under close Russian supervision, at facilities in Russia.