Mar 05, 2021 18:09 UTC
  • Russia says ready to help revive Iran deal in its original form

Russia’s FM says a window of opportunity for saving a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers remains open, expressing hope that all sides will return to the full implementation of the agreement in its original form.

"We hope that it will become possible to improve the situation in the near future and to return the JCPOA [the nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] implementation process to the initially coordinated framework,” Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Russkaya Mysl magazine published in the UK.

He added that the revival of the JCPOA is possible only if all parties to the agreement fully implement their commitments.

“Tehran has repeatedly spoken in favor of its willingness to completely unfreeze all of the JCPOA’s provisions that it had suspended as soon as the forfeited balance of interests is restored,” the top Russian diplomat said, referring to Washington's sanctions and unilateral withdrawal from the agreement and Iran's subsequent countermeasures in the face of US hostility.

He emphasized that Moscow is “closely” cooperating with all the JCPOA participants to secure their full compliance with the deal and said, “For example, we also maintain regular contact with European partners for elaborating possible decisions to rectify the current situation.”

Elsewhere in his interview, Lavrov emphasized that not everything depends on Russia or the European parties to the JCPOA.

“The position of [new US] President Joe Biden’s administration on the nuclear deal is an essential aspect. In our opinion, Washington’s steps sending a message to Tehran showing serious US intentions to rejoin the JCPOA could help resolve the situation concerning Iran and its nuclear program,” the Russian foreign minister said.

When asked whether it was possible to restore the Iran nuclear deal in cooperation with European countries, he expressed Russia’s readiness to “help reach the relevant agreements in every way.”

Addressing the 14th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) through videoconference on Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the United States has violated the JCPOA and it is Washington that should take practical steps to rejoin the deal and lift all sanctions it has re-imposed on Tehran.

“The US, as the one who violated the deal, shall lift all sanctions and take practical steps in order to be able to return to the JCPOA,” Rouhani said.

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