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Russia, China interested in fully implementing Iran nuclear deal — Lavrov

July 06, 2018, 11:54 UTC+3

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

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VIENNA, July 6. /TASS/. Moscow and Beijing are interested in preserving and fully implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday.

"Just like our Chinese counterparts, we are interested in preserving and fully implementing the JCPOA. The situation is complex, but, just like China and other parties to the deal, we are committed to international law and the UN Security Council’s decision this plan was enshrined in thus becoming part of international law," the minister stressed.

"Today [we have] a very good opportunity to exchange views on our bilateral relations in furtherance of a very successful summit held in Beijing last month in the run-up to the SCO summit in Qingdao," Lavrov noted.

He thanked his Chinese counterpart for wishing success to the Russian team at the FIFA World Cup. "I am confident by the next tournament our Chinese friends will reach the heights in the art of football the way you succeed in other areas," Lavrov added.

"We agree that good news is hard to come by in today’s world, but there are exceptions. These exceptions concern Russian-Chinese relations," the minister added.

The two top diplomats met ahead of the ministerial meeting in Vienna initiated by Tehran. Its participants (the foreign ministers of Iran, the UK, Germany, China, Russia and France) will focus on efforts to salvage the nuclear deal in the wake of Washington’s decision to withdraw from it.

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