Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, has called for a more active approach Saturday to help resume stalled negotiations aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal.
Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations in New York: “It seems evident they should be more active” in “resolving all issues related” to the accord.
The Russian minister added that he hoped that Vienna would resume negotiations “as soon as possible” between Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian previously said that his government would soon return to negotiations about resuming its nuclear compliance agreement in 2015, when Tehran concluded its nuclear file review.
Amirabdollahian told New York reporters Friday that Iran would return very soon to talks, but he didn’t mention a date.
Amirabdollahian said in remarks broadcast on the IRINN state TV channel on Saturday, people are still wondering how soon. Does it mean days, weeks or months? There will soon be a lot of difference between Iranian and Western.
“For us, it means that our review (of the nuclear file) will be completed in the very first appropriate time. Our determination to return to the talks is important, but those that are serious and safeguard the rights and interests of the Iranian nations,” he said.
On the other hand, he said: “I remind you of the West’s promises, such as repeatedly promising they would soon, in a few months, implement the Instex”- a trade mechanism set up to barter humanitarian goods and food after the U.S. withdrawal from the deal.
Iran said the channel was ineffective with Europe.
In 2015 it agreed to curb its nuclear programme for the lifting of sanctions, under an agreement signed by Iran to world powers. The agreement was abandoned by Washington in 2018 and financial sanctions were unilaterally reimposed.