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“These spring months are crucial, we still have time. It is possible to reach an agreement, to fit within the timeframe, but additional efforts are needed for that,” Ryabkov told ITAR-TASS.
He said the schedule of talks was rather intensive. “We [political directors of the delegations] are meeting once a month,” the diplomat said, expecting that this pace would be maintained.
Russia has no special expectations from the forthcoming talks of Iran and six world powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, P5+1) in Vienna, its participants hope to create the basis for further steps, Sergei Ryabkov said.
“There are no special expectations,” he said. “It’s reasonable to talk of expectations if everything is ready and the finishing touches are yet to be made, but we are hardly halfway through.”
According to Ryabkov, a number of issues that are at the initial stage of consideration remain. “But the fact that the experts that are working at their level have advanced in the understanding which problems should be settled, is a positive thing,” the deputy minister noted.
He added that all the colleagues, including the Iranian delegation and P5+1 participants, are committed to making efforts so that the round be marked “by the creation of the basis for further steps.” “Nobody’s expectations are higher than that,” the diplomat stressed.
Ryabkov also said he did not think that anything would be put on paper during the forthcoming round in Vienna. “Some aspects have not been considered at all yet,” the deputy minister said. “If it works out it would be good. If not, it’s no tragedy."