Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Russia’s approach in support of reviving the Iranian nuclear deal

When it comes to serious negotiation, especially with the future of a major international agreement like the JCPOA at stake, there is no place for fuss or speculation in the public domain. We are compelled, once again, to discuss Russia’s demands in the context of the Vienna talks on reviving the JCPOA. Rumours and conjecture circulated by various representatives of the West about what our country insisted on and what it has achieved are forcing us to do this.

Russia has put a lot of effort and time into restarting talks on the revival of the full-fledged implementation of the JCPOA and seeing that such talks lead to concrete decisions that will bring the situation back to normal. The international community must remember perfectly well who derailed the nuclear deal and obstructed the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. That disastrous course of action failed and was condemned by all sensible parties, including Russia. Our idea that there is no reasonable alternative to maintaining the JCPOA and creating conditions for the sustainable implementation of the initially agreed upon commitments and parameters has prevailed. Without going into details, we would like to note that the package of decisions being developed today, which is to be approved in the Joint Commission of the JCPOA without any additions or exceptions, follows in the same vein.

Any attempts to question our commitment to relaunching the JCPOA are dirty play on the part of those who hate to admit their past mistakes and violations. But they continue pointing fingers, trying to shift the responsibility for the collapse of the nuclear deal. No one is buying this anymore. We advise our Western colleagues to focus their energy on how to meet Iran’s justified demands to fine-tune the Joint Commission’s decision. They must be perfectly aware of what is at stake.

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