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Putin says Russia could sign up to Iran sanctions: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday that Russia could sign up to a sanctions resolution on Iran, Russian news agencies quoted a senior Putin aide as saying.

Putin’s deputy chief of staff, Yuri Ushakov, was quoted as saying that Putin had affirmed that a sanctions resolution “was possible,” Itar-Tass news agency reported.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich gave his appraisal of the situation in Iran and underlined that such a situation (involving Russian support of a sanctions resolution) was possible,” RIA state news agency quoted Ushakov as saying.

But Putin also cautioned Clinton that sanctions “do not always help to resolve such an issue and that sometimes they can have a counterproductive impact,” Ushakov was quoted as saying by RIA.

Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Steve Gutterman