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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

The Russian deputy foreign minister has emphasized the significance of adopting strategies to lift sanctions against Iran, saying Tehran is taking steps in line with its international commitments. “The mechanism of sanctions is not in conformity with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” Gennady Gatilov told IRNA on Monday. He dismissed the possibility of imposing any new sanctions against Iran by the UN Security Council, saying sanctions contradict the “constructive and confidence-building” approach in nuclear talks. He assessed as “positive and upward” the measures aimed at settling the Western standoff over the Iranian nuclear energy program and hailed Tehran’s readiness to hold a fresh round of talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in Baghdad. “All the negotiating sides are optimistic about the political settlement of Iran's nuclear energy issue,” the Russian official pointed out. Iran and the P5+1 -- Britain, France, Russia, China, and the United States plus Germany -- wrapped up the latest round of their negotiations on April 14 in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Both sides hailed the talks as constructive and agreed to hold the next round of the talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on May 23. SF/HGH/AZ