Britain, France and Germany warned on Saturday that Russia’s last-minute demands for protection from sanctions could destroy a ready-made nuclear deal with Iran.
After nearly a year of hiatus negotiations in Vienna, negotiators appear to be nearing an agreement to return to the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the deal, Iran would limit its nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions.
However, Moscow’s request to get assurances that any future Russian business with Iran will be exempt from EU and US sanctions has created a key to the operation. this.
The French, British and German negotiators said Saturday in a joint statement, adding that “a fair and comprehensive agreement is ready for signing”.
“We understand that Iran and the US have worked hard to resolve the final bilateral issues and so we are ready to sign this agreement now,” they said.
Although they never mentioned Russia, their statement did not leave much doubt.
“No one should seek to exploit the JCPOA negotiations to obtain guarantees separate from the JCPOA,” they said.
“This risks leading to the collapse of the deal, leaving the Iranian people unresolved and the international community providing the necessary guarantees for Iran’s nuclear program.
They say the deal now on the table “can and should be concluded with the utmost urgency”.
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