Iran, powers can close deal in fair talks: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Iran and the six world powers can reach an agreement in the ongoing nuclear talks if the negotiators will not put “sticks in the wheels”.

“But if we are going to stick to honesty that indicates the end game, as the English say, which means the ultimate goal of the whole process, then we have every chance to succeed as long as we do not put sticks in the wheels,” Lavrov said In an interview with the Russian Nezavisimaya Gazetanewspaper on Tuesday.

Lavrov comments come as talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany will resume shortly in Geneva on Wednesday under intense lobbying effort and pressure by Israel to prevent a deal between the two sides .

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif censured Israel for its strenuous efforts to block a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group.

“We have seen that statements coming out of Israel indicate that they are not interested in finding solutions [to the nuclear issue], they have been trying to push for problems,” Zarif Said.

During the last round of talks earlier in November in Geneva, a first-step agreement was within reach but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ stance in favor of Israel and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations.

The Russian foreign minister also said that the imposition of sanctions against Iran will not resolve the West’s dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“Nowhere the sanctions did bring any result. Now, some begin the argument by saying that these positive developments in Iran’s approach, its willingness to negotiate became possible only because it was feeling the pressure of sanctions,” Lavrov said.

He dismissed as “senseless” claims by certain Western countries as well as Israel that sanctions against the Islamic Republic have brought Tehran to the negotiating table.

“Let’s leave it to historians. It is unforgivable for diplomats to get involved in this senseless talk, because we now have a real chance of reaching a deal in the best sense of the word. If you get distracted on why this is happening, we can miss out this chance,” Lavrov said.

By Press TV


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