Russia says the interim deal between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Sextet paves the way for the recognition of Tehran’s “inalienable right” to uranium enrichment.
“The document opens up the prospect for Iran to fully exercise its inalienable rights as a member-nation of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, including the right to enrich uranium. It implies the gradual easing of the regime of sanctions against Iran,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The statement comes ahead of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Iran scheduled for December 10-11.
A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Lavrov’s visit is aimed at discussing “topics concerning bilateral relations, regional problems and steps to resolve issues related to [Iran’s] nuclear program in light of the agreements that were recently reached in Geneva.”
The statement added that Moscow hopes Iran and the Sextet – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany – would “keep up the constructive spirit of Geneva and the political will demonstrated there to finally reach mutually acceptable solutions.”
The interim deal sealed between Iran and the six countries on November 24 lays the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet agreed to ease some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Furthermore, no new sanctions should be imposed against Iran over the course of the next six months.
“[The deal] Will help dispel several of the most pressing concerns about the nature and objectives of operations conducted by Iran in the nuclear sphere,” the statement added.