Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, April 22 that Russia notes the US and Iran’s commitment to returning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to its original parameters.
“The goal of the negotiations now underway is the early restoration and implementation of the JCPOA in accordance with the initially agreed parameters and terms. We note the commitment of all parties involved, including Washington and Tehran, to achieve a result, restore the balance of interests within the framework of the JCPOA and create conditions for creating the implementation of the comprehensive agreements of 2015, ”she said during the briefing.
Zakharova also stressed that at the beginning of 2021, Moscow presented its partners with its own considerations regarding the possible modalities of returning to the nuclear deal within the agreed framework. At the same time, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry clarified that many of the developments were perceived and reflected in the negotiations that are currently underway.
On April 20, the European Union noted important progress in the implementation of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program, which was achieved during the negotiations in Vienna.
On April 19, Pyotr Ilyichev, Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced that if the United States returned to the JCPOA, a separate UN Security Council resolution would not be required.
On April 16, Russia’s Permanent Representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, announced that representatives of the joint commission of Iran and the international “five” are set to work to fully restore the implementation of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program.
On April 6, it became known that the United States expressed its readiness to lift part of the unilateral sanctions against Iran. At the same time, the head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price, called on Iran to abandon its “maximalist” demands against the United States.
On April 2, the countries participating in the JCPOA announced their intention to facilitate the process of returning the United States to the agreement. The meeting was attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and Iran at the level of political directors.
The JCPOA was signed in 2015 and assumed the lifting of sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on the country’s nuclear program. In May 2018, the US government decided to withdraw from the deal and tighten sanctions pressure on Tehran. In 2019, Iran announced a gradual reduction in its obligations, which were provided for by the agreement.