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Russia urges JCPOA parties for a 'fair deal' with Iran

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Moscow

The Iranian foreign minister’s short-notice visit to Russia carries major messages. This comes at a time when Tehran is carefully examining the recent US draft response to the 2015 deal, which holds Russia as one of its signatories.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was warmly greeted in Moscow on Wednesday by his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. During the meeting, the Russian foreign minister once again reaffirmed his country's support for a fair deal or no deal.

Meanwhile, Tehran and Washington are presently exchanging comments on the European Union’s new draft proposal for the revival of what is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran has repeatedly said it wants a sustainable accord which includes guarantees that would make the deal immune to any possible withdrawal by the US administration.

The 2015 deal was cast into limbo in 2018 when Washington unilaterally walked out of the accord and reinstated sanctions on Iran.

Tehran in return scaled back some of its commitments to the pact, saying it will return to its obligations only after the US removes all anti-Iran sanctions.

The Vienna talks over the revival of the accord have faced a hiatus over the past five months. Talks are set to resume after Iran approves and accepts the US draft response.

The Iranian foreign minister's visit to Moscow is of major significance, since Russia is a key player in the 2015 deal and shares Iran's stance toward the pact.

Now, while the US's response to the EU draft proposal is still under examination in Iran, Sergei Lavrov says Russia will accept nothing less than Tehran's full rights under the accord.

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