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P5+1 coordinate position before final round of talks with Iran

July 02, 2014, 14:27 UTC+3 VIENNA
It is real to reach final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program till July 20, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

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VIENNA, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s high-ranking diplomat has said the P5+1 coordinated the positions before the final round of talks.

“The Brussels meeting (of June 26) was aimed at forming the position for the next round. We realise the existing problems and the possibilities for compromises,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

He has said it is real to reach final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program till July 20.

“The P5+1 meeting in Brussels proved this,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

Following five rounds of consultations, the political directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sextet countries meet here again on Wednesday to overcome, before the July 20 deadline, the remaining differences, put them on paper, and fix the document which must close the "Iranian nuclear dossier" once and for all. In other words, they must guarantee that Tehran's nuclear program is exclusively of peaceful nature and that Tehran lacks possibility of developing nuclear weapons, and lift all the existing unilateral and international sanctions against Iran.

“Much work should be done. But our joint efforts aimed at searching for compromises can allow us to work out a final document till July 20,” he said.

“The final document will be submitted to the P5+1 and Iran ministers. However, there is no such document,” Ryabkov said.

It is planned that the final round will continue until July 15 at least. If required, the sides would carry on consultations right up to the July 20 target date. The Russian delegation will be led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov.

The P5+1 and Iran political directors will be in Vienna till July 20. “Some colleagues will stay in Vienna during the whole round. Maybe, the US delegation, as well as Iranians, will be represented at the highest level,” he said.

Ryabkov said he had to leave the Austrian capital for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit due to take place in Brazil. “I’m BRICS Sherpa. I shall have to go to Brazil for coordinating the summit’s final document,” he said.

In the meantime, Ryabkov has expressed scepticism over a possibility of any final agreements on Iran’s nuclear programme ahead of schedule - July 15.

The P5+1 is a group of countries which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program. The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, namely the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

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