TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee expressed the hope that Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) can reach a comprehensive deal by the deadline of July 20.
“Russia has a positive view on the trend of Iran’s negotiations with the G5+1 and we hope that the final nuclear agreement will be inked on July 20,” Ryabkov said during the meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.
He also stressed Russia’s opposition to any effort to prevent the development of Iran’s nuclear program and the two countries’ cooperation in the nuclear field.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator in talks with the world powers Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced on Sunday that the new round of negotiations between Tehran and the G5+1 is due to be held in Vienna from July 2-20.
“The sixth round of negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 on (finding) a comprehensive nuclear solution is due to be held in Vienna from July 2 to July 20,” Araqchi told FNA.
He added that drafting a final agreement between the two sides will be carried out under the supervision and presidency of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.
Iran and the Group 5+1 sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for a full resolution of their decade-old dispute over the former’s nuclear standoff with the West. The deal came into force on January 20.
Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
Foreign Minister Zarif told reporters after the latest round of talks with the six world powers held in Vienna on June 16-20 that although the seven nations have started compiling the draft deal, the harsh stance taken by the western powers, which is reflected in their excessive and maximum demands shows that they are not fully ready to enter serious negotiations to attain a final solution to the decade-old standoff.
He stressed that Iran would not give up its rights, and would continue resistance until restoring all its nuclear rights.
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