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Russia says received guarantees from US on Iran nuclear deal

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By Agence France Presse
Published: March 15, 2022, 1:55 PM GMT

MOSCOW – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday after negotiations regarding a nuclear deal stalled as Russia presented new demands.

Lavrov said Tuesday that Moscow had received guarantees from the US on its ability to trade with Tehran as part of ongoing talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

“We received written guarantees. They are included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program,” Lavrov told reporters during a press conference with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow.

On March 5, Russia demanded guarantees that sanctions imposed in response to Ukraine’s invasion would not harm trade with Iran. The demands, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, are “irrelevant,” and “just aren’t in any way linked together.”

According to Haaretz, Abdollahian stated after the meeting that there was no connection between the events in Ukraine and the talks in Vienna.

Prior to the meeting, Abdollahian expressed hope that the visit would result in Russia’s support for a “good, stable, and strong nuclear agreement,” according to the Iranian news agency ISNA.

The current round of nuclear talks began in November between Iran and the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, and Russia, with the United States participating indirectly.

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