MOSCOW, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had a telephone conversation on Thursday to discuss a series of regional issues including Iran's nuclear program.
"Medvedev pointed out with satisfaction that Teheran showed positive attitude to the Russian plan for the step-by-step restoration of trust in international negotiations on Iran's nuclear issues," the Kremlin press service said.
During the conversation, Teheran backed Moscow's diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute over its nuclear program, said the Kremlin, adding that the two sides have agreed to go ahead with consultations on the matter.
According to the Kremlin, the phone talks were initiated by the Iranian side, concerning the development of bilateral cooperation in 2012.
The two presidents also exchanged views on regional issues, stressing that the Middle East situation should be solved by political methods and by establishing a dialogue between all sides concerned.
The phone discussion came one day after a preliminary EU agreement to impose an embargo on Iranian oil exports.