Saturday, September 16, 2017
Russia, at a meeting of the G6 countries (Russia, Great Britain, China, USA, France and Germany) with Iran, which will be held in New York on September 20th, will call on the United States not to withdraw from the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program, as stated during a media briefing on Friday by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya.
In answering a question about what message the Russian Federation will try to convey to the US at the upcoming meeting, the diplomat said, “Remain a member of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. I think this is not just our message, the rest of members [of the agreement] and other players are also trying to convey this,” Nebenzya said.
Iran and the 6 major powers reached an agreement in 2015 to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and adopted a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This plan provides for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran in connection with its nuclear program by the UN Security Council, the United States and the European Union. In return, Tehran pledged to limit its nuclear activities, placing it under international control. The deal entered the implementation phase in January 2016.
During the election campaign, and as President of the United States, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized this document, arguing that it gives unilateral advantages to the Islamic Republic. On August 16th, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, questioned the importance of the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that it allows Tehran to “keep the whole world hostage.”