Lavrov: Efforts to revive Iran nuclear deal entering homestretch
Russia's foreign minister affirms that Tehran and Moscow are "preparing new documents designed to formalize" a new level of cooperation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that efforts to revive Iran’s nuclear deal have entered the homestretch.
In a press conference alongside his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov added "I am confident that the prospects are even more impressive, considering, among things, that we have entered the homestretch on an agreement to resume the Comprehensive Plan of Action to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program.”
Russia's foreign minister stressed that the two countries are "preparing new documents designed to formalize" a new level of cooperation.
Furthermore, Lavrov stated that "despite "well-known factors" aimed at putting pressure on the two countries, "our trade turnover is steadily increasing at a record pace; It increased by nearly 80% last year, surpassing $4 billion."
Lavrov also hailed Tehran for its "objective position" on Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.
"We will discuss further coordination of our actions on the Syrian settlement within the Astana format, other crisis points in the Middle East and North Africa, and also talk about the Afghan settlement, which requires our full attention. I also want to note that we appreciate our confidential dialogue and your objective position on what is happening in Ukraine," Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister emphasized that cooperation on international affairs has always been a cornerstone of Moscow-Tehran relations.
On his account, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian said that his discussions with Lavrov would tackle the implementation of agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during the latter’s visit to Moscow, as well as the situation in Ukraine and the new developments on the regional and international fronts.
Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that Iran could not remain indifferent to events in Ukraine, and that Tehran supports the end of all conflicts worldwide, including those in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Yemen. He went on to say that the Islamic Republic also opposes unilateral sanctions.
The top Iranian diplomat also emphasized that there was no link between the events in Ukraine and the resumption of the JCPOA.