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Lavrov's Iran visit: Building on Geneva nuclear agreement

Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011).

Published time: December 11, 2013 07:42
Hassan Rouhani (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl)

Russia’s Foreign Minister is on his first visit to Iran since President Rouhani took office. Consistent implementation of the key Geneva agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is paving the way to regional stability and international security.

The Geneva agreement on the Iranian nuclear program allows us to address some of the most pressing concerns about the nature and direction of Iran's nuclear activities. The Joint Action Plan, adopted by the P5+1 and Iran, includes specific measures aimed at enhancing transparency, to be undertaken in close cooperation with the IAEA.

In parallel with the implementation of the first steps, the sides are to continue the work on a final and comprehensive agreement. It provides for full use of the inalienable rights of Iran as a party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It also suggests a gradual weakening of anti-Iranian sanctions regime.

The progress on the nuclear program will now depend on the implementation of the Geneva agreement. We hope that all sides will retain the constructive approach and demonstrate the political will to enter the final negotiations aimed at the full restoration of international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

Russia has always been an advocate of a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear problem. Our position has always been clear: a negotiated diplomatic solution has no plausible alternative.

The Geneva agreement will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the overall regional situation in the Middle East, including promotion of a WMD-Free Zone and overcoming the dangerous trend towards use of force and violence in the region. We hope to see an improved atmosphere in the relations of Iran with its Arab neighbors and Israel.

Iran can make a positive contribution to finding a solution to the Syria crisis. In preparation for the international conference on Syria, ‘the Geneva-2’, Russia believes that all states of influence in the region, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, should take part.

Yet the Russian-Iranian agenda goes far beyond the immediate regional priorities. Preparations for the 2014 Caspian Summit, cooperation on Afghanistan, including countering the drug threat, and intense economic exchanges are among the many examples where Moscow and Tehran can reach arrangements beneficial for both sides, as well as for the wider international community.

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Comments (2)


RichardD 12.12.2013 02:15

What the article doesn't mention, is the obvious NATO war mongering in the region, against Iran in particular. Now that they've made a complete mess of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Like Ukraine and North Korea, Iran is on Russia's border, and is one more piece of the NATO tourniquet that they'd like to get in place to throttle Russia and China with. Especially now that Russia and China are doing well, and NATO has made almost as big a mess of their own house, as they have of the middle and far east. Living at peace with the rest of humanity is a lesson that NATO unfortunately very much needs to learn.


Anybody 11.12.2013 11:55

Iran should follow the path to SCO. British colonial propaganda in their great game with tsars had created a fear in Iranians in a dream of Peter the great in a Russian ambition of subversion of Iran towards warm waters of Indian Ocean. That dream can realised without trespassing Iran sovereignty by reinforcing Iran's north-south corridors. Part of the modern world trade is included in the "export" of the roads. A cooperation between Russia, China, India, Iran, Central Asia, perhaps Vietnam and Laos and (though very unlikely at the moment) Afghanistan could bring a new industrial revolution and prosperity to Asia.

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