Jun 02, 2021 12:20 UTC
  • Russia on Vienna talks: Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed

Russia’s representative to the international organizations in Vienna says talks underway in the Austrian capital on a potential revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal may need “additional time” to reach a breakthrough, emphasizing that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

According to reports, Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in a tweet on Wednesday in response to reports that Moscow was optimistic about progress in the Vienna talks between the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Not necessarily. We simply observe steady progress at the Vienna talks on #JCPOA. We recognize this obvious fact. But we are always cautious in our assessments: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. We are very close to this stage but it may take additional time,” he wrote.

In another tweet, Ulyanov said, “I envy political analysts who make their judgments so easily on the most complicated world problems. My recommendation: don’t make hasty conclusions.”

EU says resolved to bring JCPOA back on track

On Tuesday, Peter Stano, a spokesman for EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, said the European External Action Service is committed to take all possible measures towards reviving the JCPOA.

Some difficult issues still remain in the Vienna talks, but the negotiators continue the path to achieve their ultimate goal, which is the full implementation of the JCPOA by all parties and signatories, he noted during a press conference.

BRICS urges peaceful resolution of Iran nuclear issues

Additionally, the world's five major emerging economies (BRICS) - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - called for a peaceful solution to the issues related to Iran's nuclear program.

After a virtual meeting, the BRICS foreign ministers stressed in a final statement the need for the diplomatic settlement of Iran's nuclear issues.

"The foreign ministers stressed the need to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through peaceful, diplomatic and international law, and called for the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231," the statement read.

It also welcomed the one-month extension of an understanding between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to keep nuclear inspections alive.