Aug 15, 2022 14:50 UTC
  • Top Russian negotiator: Moscow will never be obstacle to restoration of JCPOA

Russia's chief negotiator in the Vienna talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, says Moscow has never been and will never be an "obstacle" in the way of talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, which was unilaterally abandoned by the US three years after its conclusion.

"Russia never was and will not be an obstacle on the way towards restoration of the JCPOA," Ulyanov, who also serves as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, said in a tweet on Monday.

According to Press TV, pointing to a modified text presented by the European Union's coordinator at the end of four days of Vienna talks between representatives of Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA, the senior Russian diplomat emphasized that there is nothing new about the EU coordinator's plan, because it had been actually agreed upon by the parties to the Vienna talks and the coordinator only made a few amendments to it.

"I am not aware of 'the EU draft'. The text on the table was elaborated by all participants in the Vienna Talks. The EU introduced on August 8 just a few amendments to it," he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said by Monday midnight, the country will provide the European Union’s coordinator in the JCPOA talks with its final conclusion on the bloc's plan for revival of the deal.

He said if the US shows a realistic and flexible reaction to Iran’s offer, “we would be at the point of agreement,” adding, “The American side has orally agreed to two proposals offered by Iran.”

“However, the US ... wants to get more concessions [from Iran] and does not show flexibility. We must talk more and those parties that are trying to get our positions closer should [try to] get the Americans closer to our logical viewpoints,” Iran’s top diplomat said.