News ID: 319563
Published: 0315 GMT January 21, 2022

Russia rejects ‘artificial deadlines’ for JCPOA revival

Russia rejects ‘artificial deadlines’ for JCPOA revival

International Desk

Russia opposes “artificial deadlines” for striking a deal on the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian chief negotiator to the ongoing talks in Vienna said on Friday.

Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear deal – France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China have been in talks in the Austrian capital in an effort to salvage the accord, known as the JCPOA, by bringing the United States back to compliance almost four years after its unilateral withdrawal.

The US, which seeks to rejoin the deal under President Joe Biden, is not directly attending the negotiations and receives updates via European diplomats.

The JCPOA participants (except Iran) and the US met to assess the state of affairs at the Vienna talks. The Western participants underlined the need to finalize negotiations as soon as possible. Russia shares the sense of urgency, but is against artificial deadlines, Ulyanov tweeted.

It came a day after the US and the European trio said that it was now just a matter of weeks to revitalize the JCPOA.

“We are indeed at a decisive moment,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference after meeting British, French and German ministers in Berlin, Reuters reported.

“There is real urgency and it’s really now a matter of weeks, where we determine whether or not we can return to mutual compliance with the agreement.”

Western states have repeatedly said time was running out. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock again said the window of opportunity was closing.

“We need to make very, very urgent progress here, otherwise we will not be able to reach an agreement together that will bring sufficient added value to the central issue of non-proliferation,” she said.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said progress had been limited.

“There is partial, timid and slow progress, but negotiations cannot continue at such a slow pace,” he said in a statement.

On Monday, Iran dismissed “fabricated deadlines” set by the US and its European allies.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the US would better focus on its Plan A rather than threatening Iran with a Plan B.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has also made it clear that “if the parties can resume their commitments under the Iran deal, Iran will also return to commitments based on the agreement”.



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