Russia does its best to help Washington, Tehran revive Iran nuclear deal, Lavrov says – Russian Politics & Diplomacy
MOSCOW, April 12th. Moscow wants to help Tehran and Washington find the right solution to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the IRNA news agency on Monday.
According to the leading Russian diplomat, remedying the US’s previous violations of the JCPOA and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 “will create the conditions for Iran to restore the requirements of the nuclear agreement both in terms of transparency and the reconfiguration of the Iranian n fulfill
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Moscow and Tehran oppose the United States’ policy of putting pressure on countries that pursue independent foreign and domestic policies, the Russian foreign minister said.
“The main problem, in our view, is Washington’s continued reluctance to abandon its flawed course of maintaining US global dominance that was adopted in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union,” he said.
He drew attention to the phenomenon of unprecedented pressure from the West on countries that pursue independent foreign and domestic policies based on their own national interests.
“This includes all kinds of instruments, from financial sanctions and visa restrictions to disinformation campaigns and direct violent intervention,” he noted. “We are indeed facing a relapse into neo-colonial thinking in foreign policy, which implies, among other things, the division of the world into the ‘chosen’ countries and all others. While the former is offered an a priori pardon, the latter must presumably have to act accordingly act according to Washington’s instructions. This, of course, is unacceptable to both Russia and Iran and most countries in the world. “
The Russian top diplomat emphasized that Moscow considers it important to strengthen foreign policy cooperation with Tehran, including within the United Nations and other multilateral formats. “Particularly given that, as mentioned earlier, we have many supporters – most members of the world community share the view that intergovernmental communication should be developed with due regard for international law and the principles of mutual respect. How we look at them geopolitical zero-sum games, sanctions and blackmail as unacceptable and are committed to a consistent improvement of the situation in the world, “he noted.
The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that it is now evident that Washington’s policies to maintain its global dominance are absolutely counterproductive. “Especially in light of the fact that the objective process of creating a fairer, more democratic and therefore more sustainable multipolar world order is gaining momentum right before our eyes,” he added.
“Even so, the United States, supported by its European allies, has taken aggressive steps to destroy the United Nations-centered international legal architecture and replace it with what is known as the ‘rules-based order.’ We are not against the idea that everyone rules followed, but these rules should not be developed in a narrow circle that includes Washington and its satellites and bypasses the United Nations, but in universal formats involving all major global actors, based on the existing generally accepted norms of international law. “Lavrov said.
Russia and Iran are actively working together in various ways. The countries have achieved “an unprecedented level of interaction,” Lavrov said.
“It is thanks in large part to the consistent implementation of the provisions of the treaty that our countries have achieved such an unprecedented level of interaction, which is now intense and diversified,” said Lavrov, referring to the treaty based on mutual relations and the principles of cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation.
According to the leading Russian diplomat, “the development of relations with Iran is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities”. He reiterated that, by signing the contract in 2001, the parties reaffirmed their mutual commitment to building relationships based on the principles of equality and mutual trust.
“Russia and Iran have pledged to respect each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence and not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs,” he affirmed.
“We are strengthening our ties in the fields of politics, trade, economy, science and technology, culture, humanity and a few other areas. Major infrastructure projects are under way in Iran, including the construction and operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant,” Lavrov said.
“Cooperation in health care and the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 infection is progressing. Iran is being supplied with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and there are plans to organize its production on Iranian territory,” said the foreign minister.
“Moscow and Tehran are working closely to ensure full implementation of the JCPOA,” Lavrov said. They are also coordinating efforts to “achieve an Astana-style Syrian settlement that has proven effective and maintaining regular dialogue on the situation in the Middle East as a whole”. “We can confidently say that Russian-Iranian cooperation will help maintain regional stability and, more generally, develop international relations on the basis of the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations,” the Foreign Minister continued.
“During the upcoming negotiations with my Iranian counterpart, Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, I plan to discuss ways to further improve the diverse Russian-Iranian relations,” he said.