He said, however, that there was no pessimism and the sides had to continue working.
“The previous round brought no tangible progress or breakthrough,” he said upon arrival in the United States. “What makes us feel optimistic is that we know the list of issues, there are not so many of them, and can more or less say which of them will be in the centre of discussion, not to say struggle.”
“But as a counterbalance to that, there is no confidence that concrete compromises can be reached during this round beginning on the 19th [of September]. I mean there is no certainty as to whether the ministers of the six world powers and Iran will meet or not,” the diplomat said.
“The pressure of sanctions the U.S. and the EU are trying to put on us affects the overall atmosphere of our relations with Washington and the European Union. This is indisputable and this cannot help the dialogue and interaction,” the diplomat said.
But “there are no deviations from the chartered course”, he added.
“We will continue working towards the result,” Ryabkov said.
Sergei Ryabkov has noted that Iran is preparing for the next round of talks with the P5+1 (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) most seriously.
“The recent contacts, including bilateral ones, with the Iranians were quite promising and showed that the Iranian delegation is preparing for the upcoming round most fundamentally,” Ryabkov said, adding that the six world powers were preparing as well.
The next round of talks is to be held in New York on September 19. It will be preceded by a coordination meeting where the Russian delegation will “continue to work with its partners in order lay the groundwork for compromises”.