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    KIEV, November 8 (RIA Novosti) - The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran will meet in Moscow later this week, the Russian minister said Wednesday.

    The IRNA news agency said Tuesday that Manouchehr Mottaki is expected in Moscow November 9 to discuss his country's controversial nuclear program.

    "The contacts are planned for this week," Sergei Lavrov said. "The format of the negotiations is being coordinated."

    "We adhere to the agreements reached by the Iran-6 and [EU foreign policy chief] Javier Solana, and will implement these agreements," Lavrov said. He said the sides will discuss measures to bolster talks on Iran's nuclear problem.

    "Mottaki and the Russian foreign minister will discuss bilateral issues, as well as pressing international and regional issues. The sides will also exchange opinions on Iran's nuclear program," IRNA said Tuesday.

    Iran has been at the center of an international controversy over its uranium enrichment work, which some countries suspect is a cover for a nuclear weapons program.

    The Islamic Republic, which announced two weeks ago that it has launched a second cascade of gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, may face sanctions for failing to comply with the UN Security Council's demand that it suspend enrichment.

    The EU-3 - Britain, France and Germany - proposed two weeks ago a set of sanctions against the country, which includes banning sales of missile and nuclear technologies to Iran, freezing its military bank accounts, and imposing visa restrictions on officials linked to the nuclear industry.

    Russia has consistently supported Iran's right to nuclear power under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and is building a $1 billion nuclear power plant in the country.

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