Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Final nuclear deal should guarantee Iran’s rights: Russia

The Russian deputy foreign minister has reaffirmed Moscow’s full support for a final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group that will ensure Tehran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear technology.

“I want to reassure you that Russia will do everything in its power, like before, so that the agreement, satisfying the Iranian side, ensuring Iran’s rights in the nuclear sphere is reached,” Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.

The diplomat, who is Russia’s top nuclear negotiator, also expressed hope that a final nuclear accord would lead to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

“And it is important that now we are close to a solution which would relieve the Iranian people, the Iranian state from this sanctions pressure,” he said.

Referring to the US Senate’s recent approval of a bill that potentially makes removal of sanctions conditional on Congressional consent, Ryabkov said Moscow does not regard the approval as a threat to the nuclear talks.

“I do not think there is a threat that anti-Iran or anti-Russia forces in the US Congress would resort to procedural tricks or use provisions of this legislation to torpedo the agreements,” the top Russian diplomat said.

On May 7, US Senate passed the legislation, which would make it possible for Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. The legislation will allow for a 30-day review of any final agreement. During the review period, President Barack Obama would be able to waive those sanctions that were imposed by the US administration. However, the president would have to leave in place sanctions that Congress had previously drafted.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — reached a mutual understanding on the parameters of a comprehensive agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2. The two sides have set a deadline of July 1 to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

By Press TV