0421 GMT July 24, 2021
Moscow is ready to play an intermediary and consultative role between Tehran and Washington if it receives a request from each side in this regard, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“Of course it is not the intermediary role that is important. This is the measure we can take to contribute to the success of the nuclear talks that started in Vienna [last] Tuesday within the format of the JCPOA Joint Commission,” he told reporters on Tuesday, IRNA reported.
The remarks by the senior Russian diplomat came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Tehran on Tuesday and held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Precisely speaking, Ryabkov added, the negotiations between the JCPOA participants and the US are indirect as requested by Iran.
“We understand this behavior. We will participate in these consultations. We provide good services.”
He said the main goal at present is to revive the JCPOA in the original form that was signed in 2015, adding the other issues will be discussed in the future.
The deputy foreign minister stressed that in parallel with the Vienna talks, Moscow is in constant contact with other signatories to the JCPOA.
In Lavrov’s meeting with the Iranian president, Rouhani called for the promotion of defense ties with Russia, according to Tasnim News Agency.
He stressed the need for the enhancement of military and defense cooperation between Tehran and Moscow considering the termination of a UN arms embargo on Iran in October 2020.
Rouhani also emphasized the necessity of ensuring regional peace and stability, saying the security of the region must be guaranteed by the regional states themselves.
In comments after the meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Lavrov decried the European Union’s new sanctions on Tehran while the Islamic Republic and the other JCPOA parties have launched a new round of talks to revive the nuclear deal.
“We expect that it will be possible to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the top Russian diplomat said.
However, he added, the latest EU sanctions gave rise to “a huge amount of questions".
The EU said in its official journal on Monday that it had imposed sanctions on eight Iranian commanders, including Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami.