Russia to develop military ties with Iran after sanctions lift – Deputy FM

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Ryabkov

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Ryabkov

The cancellation of the arms embargo provides good prospects for Moscow-Tehran military cooperation. However, the parties will boost ties in other fields, too.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will boost military-technical cooperation with Iran after international arms embargo on Tehran is lifted as a result of successful talks on Iranian nuclear deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.

“Following the cancellation of the arms embargo, this cooperation will be implemented and will grow in time,” Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow.

Ryabkov also mentioned the prospects of close cooperation with Iran in the nuclear energy sector.

A comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should not become a precedent and negatively affect the WMD non-proliferation regime, the Russian deputy foreign minister said.

“As a result of potential nuclear deal with Iran, no similar precedents, which could affect the regime of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, should take place in the international system,” Ryabkov stated.

The diplomat explained that the deal must not be used as a reference point in similar situations, as well as it should not lead to large-scale inspections and monitoring.

The world is not going to end if the talks on Iranian nuclear program result in failure by the deadline, but dragging the negotiations endlessly is not right, Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.

“The discussion has got to the point where literally everything that is necessary to find a common denominator has been put on the negotiating table,” the Russian diplomat said said.

“The latest round, which was held last week, its depth and effectiveness, make us believe that chances to reach an agreement before the deadline are much higher than those of failure or delays,” he said.

By Sputnik News