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VIENNA, February 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia was confident enough that Iran and the Sextet (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) would state progress after talks in Vienna, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Tass.
“There is a certain degree of confidence that there will be no failure and that on Thursday the parties will apparently state that progress was reached,” he said. According to Ryabkov, the Russian side was satisfied “with two days of very busy, proceeding practically without pauses negotiations”.
“All that is being discussed and the way it is discussed fully fits within the parameters of the Russian position,” the top diplomat said.
“There is no doubt that the parties share understanding of the issues to be discussed during negotiations on a comprehensive agreement, that there is a firm desire to reach the final result within the term determined by the Geneva plan of action,” he added.
“Having said this, I can’t but say that there is a certain number of problems that demand in-depth discussion and issues on which positions of the sides differ,” he admitted. However, “there is nothing dramatic, nothing particular, nothing that would arouse fear, fear of the scope that would foresee some breakdown of failure,” Ryabkov added. “Intensity of political will demonstrated by the parties at these talks makes it possible to look to the future with moderate optimism,” he added.
“Although it is clear that all matters facing us are unique in their difficulty, and that complications and deviations from the direct road are possible,” he said. “But these are also natural circumstances, and I believe the talks will let us regulate these issues duly,” the top Russian diplomat added.