Moscow: Claims that Russia dominates Vienna talks 'nonsense'
Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna describes reports claiming that Russia is dominating the nuclear agreement negotiations with Iran as "misinformation."
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, announced today, Wednesday, that claims that Russia dominates the negotiations to restore the nuclear agreement with Iran are nonsense.
Ulyanov said in a tweet via Twitter: “JCPOA opponents both in US and Iran in unison (which is very touching) spread misinformation by claiming that Russia dominated Vienna Talks. This is flattering but nonsense. I’d like to see how anyone could dominate negotiations with participation of Iran and the US."
#JCPOA opponents both in #US and #Iran in unison (which is very touching) spread misinformation by claiming that #Russia dominated #ViennaTalks. This is flattering but nonsense. I’d like to see how anyone could dominate negotiations with participation of Iran and the US.— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) March 9, 2022
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow had requested written guarantees from the United States that sanctions against Russia would not interfere with its cooperation with Iran after the restoration of the JCPOA.
Lavrov detailed that the Americans were asked for written guarantees, "At least at the level of the Secretary of State, that the current process launched by the United States will not in any way infringe on our rights for free, full trade and economic, investment, military and technical cooperation with Iran."
Khatibzadeh: Russia’s approach in Vienna is constructive
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh had stated in his weekly press conference that the IAEA chief's Saturday trip to Iran was in continuation of the talks in Vienna.
He added that Iran would cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog based on the joint statement issued on Saturday, adding that Iran responded to the IAEA's questions.
Khatibzadeh confirmed that closing the IAEA’s open issues and the potential deal in Vienna were directly linked.
Regarding the Russian foreign minister’s remarks on the effect of anti-Russian sanctions on Moscow-Tehran trade, Khatibzadeh revealed that Iran is waiting to hear what was said from diplomatic channels.
He added that the talks are flowing in the correct path, emphasizing that Iran's peaceful nuclear cooperation should not be limited or affected.
The diplomat described Russia’s approach in Vienna as “so far constructive”, adding that the teams have gathered together in Vienna to reach a collective agreement.
Khatibzadeh also described China’s position in Vienna Talks as one of the most constructive ones, also pursued in the same path by Iran.