Russian Foreign Minister says he’s received guarantees that Ukraine sanctions won’t impact agreement with Tehran
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow has received written assurances from the US that Ukraine-related sanctions won’t hinder its ability to trade with Iran under the terms of a new nuclear agreement. “We received written guarantees. They are included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.
The ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’, or JCPOA, is the official title of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. In exchange for Iran ceasing its nuclear program, the agreement was signed by the US and several other countries, including the UK, France, Germany. China, Russia and France. Trump was the ex-US President and unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the agreement. He claimed that Iran was violating its obligations. Since then, negotiators in Vienna have attempted to reach new agreements for close to one year.
Unnamed US officials told Wall Street Journal that they were not ready to lift sanctions against Ukraine in order to save the agreement and are open to negotiations. “replica of the JCPOA”If Moscow insists on exceptions, it will not be necessary for Russia to participate.
Commenting on the reports, Lavrov suggested that Washington itself is still not ready to support the deal, and pointed out that, according to his Iranian counterpart, the problem with the agreement is in the US’ “exorbitant demands.”
Hossein Abdollahian, Iran’s Foreign Minister, spoke alongside Lavrov Tuesday to say that there was no connection between conflict in Ukraine and talks in Vienna.
Iranians insist that Russia be included in any future deal.
Although the Vienna negotiations were halted last week due to lack of progress, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry stated on Monday that they would resume soon and will be entering their final stages. “final, crucial steps.”Reporters on Tuesday heard from Lavrov that he thinks these talks are at the end of their road and called upon the US to continue the negotiations. “return to the legal framework of this nuclear deal”Lift. “the illegal sanctions the US has imposed to hurt not only Iran and its people, but a number of other countries.”
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