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MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. The success of talks between Sextet and Iran became a victory for everybody and proved that international mechanisms really work, Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee head Konstantin Kosachev said on Friday.
On April 2, Iran and P5+1 group (Russia, US, UK, China, France and Germany) reached a breakthrough agreement in Switzerland’s Lausanne on restricting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for gradual lifting of sanctions. The deadline for coordinating the final agreement is June 30.
Talks in Lausanne "reached their main goal — coordinating a framework agreement on settling the situation around the Iranian nuclear program," Kosachev said. "Concerns voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the document based on these agreements will allegedly threaten the existence of Israel, are exaggerated," the lawmaker noted.
The reached agreements are only a first step, and the six world powers will continue negotiations with Iran on coordinating technical details of the deal, Kosachev reminded.
"However, it is already obvious that the long-awaited result of talks between six world powers and Iran became a victory with no losers," the lawmaker noted. "This breakthrough in the framework of P5+1 is important in itself both politically and, if you will, psychologically, as it proves that international mechanisms really work," he added. "This is very positive news, it gives hope not only on the Iranian track, but also on many others, including the Middle Eastern track and European [Ukrainian track]," Kosachev said.
The deal on Iran’s nuclear program became "the victory of common sense, which Russia advocated for so long, and which means that sustainable agreements on such complicated and important matters are never reached by force, but only by mutual accord via negotiations," the lawmaker stressed.
"That’s why it’s high time for our Western partners to lift all sanctions from Tehran as they are unpromising and useless, and think about the effectiveness of other unilateral sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy," Kosachev said. "How fast international sanctions are lifted from Iran is another matter which should be discussed at UN Security Council," he concluded.