Russia discusses Iran deal with four Central Asian countries

IRNA – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday held talks with the ambassadors of four Central Asian countries on Iran nuclear deal

According to a report by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s chief nuclear negotiator met ambassadors of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in Moscow and the political counsellor of Kazakh embassy in Russia.

Ryabkov and representatives from the four countries discussed some important international issues including implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Russian Federation is among the major parties to defend keeping the landmark deal and its full implementation.

JCPOA was reached between Iran and the UN Security Council’s five permanent members, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States plus Germany (P5 + 1) in 2015.

Under the accord, sanctions against Iran were supposed to be removed in exchange for Tehran to curb its nuclear activities.

Tehran has since then been committed to the deal and the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has time and again confirmed Iran has continuously kept its nuclear-related promises.

However US President Donald Trump announced early May Washington would pull out of the landmark nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions which were lifted under the accord, a move which drew fire from other signatories to the deal.

The remaining countries have repeatedly reiterated adherence to the deal and have under different circumstances voiced willingness to do business with Iran.