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Russia satisfied with results of new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program — diplomat

October 16, 2014, 21:04 UTC+3
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Sergey Ryabkov

Sergey Ryabkov


VIENNA, October 16. /TASS/. Russia is satisfied with the results of the Vienna round of talks between the P5+1 group and Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

“The general result, and I think this point of view may be shared by all, is that there is progress. We are not going around in circles, but the situation on key problems has not changed,” he told journalists.

Rybkov also said that Iran’s agreement with the P5+1 group will require no ratification.

According to Ryabkov, another ministerial meeting on the Iranian nuclear program is possible around November 24, when the talks are to expire, and contacts between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will also continue.

“Something of the kind is quite possible this year but sometime around the end of the negotiating marathon, by the end of the talks,” he told reporters.

An expert meeting on Iran’s nuclear program will take place in Vienna in two or three days.

“There is an agreement that experts will get together next week or in three or four days from now, for detailed discussion of what can be considered a relatively good solution,” Ryabkov said.

As for Russia's cooperation with Iran, Rybkov said Russia may develop any forms of cooperation with Iran in the peaceful use of atomic energy but will do that in strict compliance with international law.

Iran's nuclear program

Iran’s negotiators and the six world powers have been working on the final agreement on the Iranian nuclear program for nearly a year. They plan to complete the work by November 24 — when the effect of the interim Geneva agreements, reached in November 2013, expires. Over this period they have held seven full-format rounds of negotiations two of which also involved the foreign ministers of a number of the states participating in the talks.

However, a month before the deadline the negotiators are not certain that the agreement will be worked out on time, although the possible extension of the consultations’ period is not officially discussed. The main disputable issues at the negotiations today are the parameters of the Iranian nuclear program and the schedule of lifting sanctions on Tehran.

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