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Russia trying hard to maintain JCPOA, Lavrov says

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, July 21, IRNA -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Moscow is working hard to maintain the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the US unilaterally withdrew from.

At the beginning of his official meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Lavrov said that Russia condemns the US policy of destroying the JCPOA and "we will do our best to preserve it".

The Russian diplomat stressed that there is still a chance to keep the JCPOA, and not only Russia, but also China is active in this regard, and the European members of the JCPOA are working to maintain this agreement.

Lavrov went on to say that today "we will discuss what can be done to uphold the JCPOA, while we will discuss UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which is an integral part of the JCPOA".

The head of the Russian diplomatic apparatus highlighted that today is a good opportunity to exchange views on the Astana summit talks that took place recently between Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Lavrov added that "we will also talk about the recent talks between the presidents of Iran and Russia and will discuss in detail the relations".

He also said that the exchange of views on the next steps that the two countries can take is another focus of his talks with Zarif.


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