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Iran nuclear deal possible, despite remaining difficulties — Lavrov

January 21, 2015, 12:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the Russian foreign minister, the issue might be resolved by late June 2015

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. Despite the remaining difficulties, there is every reason to hope for success of the negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at a news conference on the results of 2014.

“Russia’s efforts within the ‘sextet’ (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) have contributed to progress in the settlement of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program,” Lavrov said. “The work continues, despite remaining difficulties, and there is every reason to hope for success.”

"We have reasons to believe that we will achieve progress within the framework of those parametres that were coordinated in November and imply the resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem by late June 2015," Lavrov concluded.

This progress confirms that “when all the key players are guided by the real interests, the interests of coping with real problems then it is always possible to agree and make progress,” said the minister.

“All the questions for the final settlement have been coordinated and the vector of movement on practically every issue has been agreed upon,” he said. “Now the adoption of a political framework agreement is largely at issue and the numerous technical problems, given the subject of the discussion, should be settled in the context of this agreement.”

Moscow does not rule out the possibility the foreign ministers of the sextet of international mediators and Iran may hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Munich conference, but no decision to that effect has been made so far, Sergey Lavrov told a news conference.

“It cannot be a ministerial level meeting right away. Apparently, what the Iranian foreign minister had in mind is that the Munich Security Conference, to be held on February 6-8 will bring together both the sextet’s foreign ministers and the Iranian foreign minister himself,” Lavrov said. “I am going to be there, too, but it remains to be seen whether it will be right to meet for the sole reason all of us will be at the same place at the same time.”

“We shall see how far the political directors will move forward with their efforts by that time, and how useful a meeting of foreign ministers might be from the standpoint of giving an impetus to some outstanding issues,” Lavrov said. “I do not rule out that nobody has made such a decision yet.”

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