Russia: Progress in Vienna talks; P4+1 group enter 'drafting stage'
A senior Russian diplomat says high-level talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing a 2015 nuclear deal and bringing the United States back into it have moved ahead and entered "the drafting stage," but solutions to some of the issues are "still far away."
"Summing up the results of 2 weeks of deliberations on JCPOA restoration we can note with satisfaction that the negotiations entered the drafting stage," Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on Twitter on Monday, referring to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
At the end of talks between representatives from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany –in the Austrian capital on Saturday, the sides agreed to continue bilateral and multilateral negotiations as well as technical consultations within the next days.
“It seems that a new understanding is emerging and there is now common ground among all [the sides] on the final goal,” Araqchi, who serves as Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, added.