Russia said on Thursday it opposed any artificial deadlines being issued to Iran to force it to respond to incentives from world powers on suspending its nuclear activities.
But it also warned Tehran against dragging out the process.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore that artificial deadlines complicated the issue.
"There should be no artificial limits from the point of view of extreme time frames, such as 'today or never', just as there should be no endless dragging out of the process," Russia's Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice threatened Iran this week that it faced more sanctions if it defied a two-week deadline to curb its nuclear program.
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