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Lavrov: Iran’s deal expected to reduce regional tensions

July 16, 2015, 20:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The agreement strengthened preconditions for convening a conference on creation of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Minister says
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MOSCOW, July 16 /TASS/. The final agreement between Iran and the six powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) is expected to reduce regional tensions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"The agreement between Iran and the six powers strengthened preconditions for convening a conference on creation of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East," Lavrov said.

"It would be more right not to talk about how Russia is going to benefit from this agreement because it is not intended for giving unilateral advantages to anybody. The agreement was initially aimed at working out a comprehensive approach to removing all risks for the nuclear non-proliferation regime and doing it on the basis of internationally recognized right, which is fixed in international documents, of states, specifically Iran, to develop peaceful nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment," the Russian foreign minister explained.

"This comprehensive agreement has been reached. It meets everybody’s interests. Naturally, it has strengthened the nuclear non-proliferation regime and should certainly reduce tensions in this complicated region and help the Iranians, the Arabs and the Israelis to search for points of contact," Lavrov said.

He pointed to another indirect though no less significant result of the conclusion of Iran’s deal. The final agreement certainly strengthened preconditions for fulfilling a decision which was made back in 2010 but has not yet been fulfilled — to convene a conference on creation of a zone free from WMD in the Middle East," the Russian foreign minister stressed.

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