Russlands utenriksminister Sergej Lavrov og en viseutenriksminister fra Kina er ventet til Geneve lørdag. Spenningen stiger foran en mulig avtale mellom P5+1 landene og Iran om atomprogrammet.

Russian news agencies reported late Friday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would join Kerry and the European ministers in Geneva on Saturday.

A Western diplomat in Geneva told The Associated Press that China is sending a deputy foreign minister to the talks. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to provide such information.

Earlier Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich had said Lavrov would not attend the talks, so the quick change of plans appeared significant.

Iran considers Russia most receptive to its arguments among the six world powers: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

For that reason, Lavrov’s presence would add additional muscle to efforts to seal a preliminary deal that the West hopes will culminate with serious constraints on Iran’s ability to turn a peaceful nuclear program into making weapons. China also is more supportive of Iran than the United States and its allies are.

Reporting Lavrov’s pending arrival, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying Russia expects the talks will produce a «lasting result expected by the international community.»

Vil Russland hjelpe Iran å få en god avtale, slik Putin gjorde for Assad?  Flere land, fremst Israel og Saudi-Arabia, frykter at Iran vil få så gode betingelser at det vil bli fristet til å bryte ut av avtalen når det har hentet seg inn igjen etter sanksjonene.