From Vienna-Russian and US delegations involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran met in Vienna on Monday, two days before the summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The United States is not directly involved in the Vienna negotiations, but is in regular contact with participating diplomats.
Efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear containment agreement for Iran are a rare topic of cooperation between two global enemies.
Senior diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov, who led the Russian delegation at the meeting in Vienna, called the meeting with US counterparts “fruitful.”
“Our dialogue in Vienna seems to be evidence that the two countries can maintain business-like cooperation on a common concern, in this particular case the issue of non-proliferation,” Ulyanov wrote in a tweet.
The nuclear deal collapsed in 2018 when the Trump administration argued that it had removed the United States from the deal and gave Iran too many concessions.
Diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and the United Kingdom met with Iran on Saturday and then held several bilateral meetings at a hotel in the heart of the Austrian capital.
Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, said Russia is keen to curb some of Iran’s ambitions.
“Moscow still prefers to see Tehran check its desire to develop weapons, but is far less motivated to check Iran’s regional ambitions and its broader global fraud.” He told AP.
“At the same time, Russia is doing a balancing act to carry out in Syria, where Iran’s armed forces on the ground can be a problem for Russia’s ambitions.”
The 2015 agreement aims to keep Iran’s nuclear program peaceful and imposes strict controls on uranium enrichment levels and the technologies and equipment used in the process.
Iran has stopped complying with these restrictions after the United States withdrew, but claims that it has no plans to manufacture nuclear weapons. This is an allegation that the United States and its western allies are in conflict.
US and Russian envoys discuss Iran’s nuclear deal prior to summit | Voice of America
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