The foreign ministers said on Tuesday that Russia and Iran want to “save” the nuclear deal with Iran. They also want the United States to get back into the bargain.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received his Iranian colleague, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow, Tuesday. Both stressed the importance of “saving” the nuclear deal.
This came in 2015 between Iran, China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany, after twelve years of tensions over the Iranian nuclear program. But under President Donald Trump, the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018 and reimposed avoidable sanctions under the deal.
Strict adherence to obligations
New US President Joe Biden sees his predecessor’s policy toward Iran as a failure and wants to return to the deal. But then, Iran must strictly comply with its previous commitments, while Tehran, for its part, wants the sanctions to be lifted, and Washington wants to comply with its obligations.
Lavrov said he hoped for an integrated return to the United States, because then conditions would be ripe for Iran to fulfill all of its obligations.