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EU needs dialogue with Russia on Iran deal — Belgian PM

May 17, 2018, 12:13 UTC+3 SOFIA

On May 8, Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel


SOFIA, May 17. /TASS/. It is important for the European Union to have dialogue with Russia on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told TASS upon arrival to the EU - Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia

"I think it’s very important for the EU to have dialogue with Russia," he said in response to a question about Moscow’s role in preserving the Iran nuclear deal.

According to Michel, though the EU has disagreements with Russia on some issues, including the Ukrainian conflict, it is very important to maintain dialogue, particularly on Syria and Libya.

"I think it is very important that Russia or China or the EU express our support for this deal… Maybe this deal is not perfect but certainly this deal is a channel for dialogue with Iran in order to go in the way of de-escalation in the region," the Belgian prime minister pointed out.

Iran nuclear deal issue

In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, which particularly stipulates the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

On May 8, Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions. At the same time, he said that the US was ready to make a new agreement.

In the wake of Trump’s decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran would not abandon the JCPOA and would continue to comply with its obligations. Russia’s foreign minister said that Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA would violate the United Nations Security Council’s resolution. He added that Russia would seek to maintain the agreement despite US plans to resume sanctions against Iran.

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