MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali discussed on Friday recent developments regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as well as a number of key issues on the global agenda, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
"They exchanged viewpoints on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Iranian nuclear program as well as on a number of key issues on the international agenda that pose a bilateral interest," the statement reads.
Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the US side has effectively lost interest in negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), instead choosing to meddle in Iran's internal affairs.
According to her last week’s statement: "We have received indications from Washington that point to the American side’s reluctance to resume talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA]. They have no interest in this process and intend to keep on supporting the anti-government activities in Iran."
The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the UN Security Council’s five permanent members - Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US and France - and Germany. It envisaged the gradual lifting of sanctions on Iran, including all bans on its oil and petroleum product exports, in exchange for steps to make sure that the country’s nuclear program is purely civilian-oriented. The US pulled out of the deal in 2018, blocking its implementation entirely. Attempts have been made to resurrect the deal since 2021, but those have so far been futile.