TEHRAN – Russia is seeking an immediate end to the nuclear dispute between Iran and the West in a way that would benefit all sides, the Russian ambassador to Tehran said in an interview with the Fars news agency published on Monday.
Ambassador Levan Dzhagaryan said the sanctions imposed on Iran have negatively affected economic relations between Iran and Russia.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held their latest round of talks in Vienna in May, during which little progress was made.
The ambassador said the excessive demands by some Western countries sitting on of the 5+1 group caused little progress in the talks.
He went on to say that Russia encourages its Western partners to adopt a more realistic position toward the issue in order to reach an agreement that would be acceptable for Iran and ease the Western side’s concerns.
Asked on the possibility of clinching a comprehensive deal by the deadline set for July 20, he said the talks have entered a more complicated phase than the ones which led to the interim Geneva agreement.
Under the Geneva deal clinched last November, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
Dzhagaryan added that the U.S. plays a key part in the talks and is supported by the other Western sides.
He also expressed hope that Iran and Russia would reach an agreement over building new nuclear reactors in Iran.
Russia is ready to cooperate with Iran in peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of international regulations, the diplomat said.
He went on to say that Russia is committed to supplying fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Also, Dzhagaryan expressed Russia’s satisfaction over the current level of political relations with Iran. However, he said the value of economic ties is not satisfactory due to the influence of sanctions.
He stated that the 11th meeting of the Iran-Russia Joint Economic Commission will be held in Tehran on September 8-10.
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