MOSCOW, January 31. /TASS/. Russia is concerned about the recent tensions surrounding Iran and believes that the West’s course to derail the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the controversial Iranian nuclear program is a mistake, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"Yes, we are concerned about this situation," Lavrov said speaking at a news conference following a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry earlier in the day.
"We view it as a huge mistake on the part of the West, first of all on behalf of the participating parties in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, because they had assumed an open course to undermine this extremely important document, which had been unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council," the top Russian diplomat added.
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.