Russias permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, stated that Moscow views Washington’s statements about a “Plan B” in the nuclear negotiations with Iran negatively.
In an interview with reporters on Monday, Ulyanov indicated that it is clear that the negotiating process that resumed in Vienna “will not be easy.”
He explained, “Differences, especially between Iran and the Western parties, are still significant on many points. But the discussions that were today, and our separate conversations with the US Special Envoy Robert Malley showed that everyone without exception is determined to achieve a positive outcome.”
“This is the most important condition for continuing and successfully completing the negotiations,” he added.
He pointed out that the Iranians are still not ready to talk with the American side directly.
He stressed that there is no rational alternative to returning to the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, and this has been recognized and affirmed by all parties, including the American and Iranian parties.
Ulyanov noted that “Iran has shown some flexibility on many important issues. The most important thing is that it was decided to launch the negotiations from the point where they stopped on June 20, and everything that was accomplished until late June forms the basis for action now.”
“This is an important and serious matter, and it gives hope,” he said.
He continued, “The Iranians, who consider the lifting of sanctions the most important thing for them, have agreed that work must be done on the second direction, that is, the nuclear file, which requires Tehran to return to the original terms of the nuclear deal concluded in 2015.”
The Russian diplomat did not rule out that there would be another meeting at the level of heads of delegations before the end of this week in Vienna.