SHANGHAI, June 15 (RIA Novosti) - "Iran has the righ to develop nuclear energy programs if the international community's concerns are allayed", Russia's president said at a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Thursday.
Iran's nuclear programs have been a source of major controversy since the beginning of the year, as many countries suspect the Islamic Republic of pursuing a covert weapons program under the pretext of civilian research, despite its claims to the contrary.
The bilateral meeting between the presidents took place on the sidelines of an annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Shanghai where Iran is present as an observer. The summit is expected to bring some progress in the deadlocked talks over Iran's nuclear efforts.
Vladimir Putin told Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran was aware of Russia's position on its nuclear program. " We are probably the only country that proactively and openly cooperates with Iran in nuclear energy and completely honors its commitments," Putin said.
Ahmadinejad said the two countries' positions on the nuclear problem were clear and similar."