Nov 29, 2021 14:33 UTC
  • No reasonable, acceptable alternative to successful conclusion of Vienna talks: Russia's lead negotiator

Russia's ambassador to international organizations in Vienna says despite problems that surround multilateral negotiations in the Austrian capital on removal of anti-Tehran sanctions as per the 2015 nuclear deal, there is no other acceptable alternative but to take negotiations to a successful end.

Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in a Monday tweet in response to a freelance Vienna-based journalist who claimed that “the mood among negotiators is somber if not outright gloomy.”

“Count #Russia out, please. We are fully aware of all the problems at the #ViennaTalks but remain cautiously optimistic,” Ulyanov said.

The Russian negotiator in Vienna talks added that despite all the problems that surround the talks, Moscow still believes that there is “no reasonable and acceptable alternative to a successful conclusion of the talks on #JCPOA.”

Ulyanov’s remarks came as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal were about to launch a new round of negotiations in the Austrian capital, in an attempt to break a deadlock over 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Envoys from Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are in Vienna for the seventh round of discussions. The negotiations were paused in June, when Iran held its presidential election. Since then, the new Iranian administration has been reviewing the details of the six rounds of discussions held under the previous administration.

Iran has already clarified that the talks will not focus on nuclear issues, noting that those issues were already been resolved through negotiations, which led to the conclusion of the JCPOA.