30 Mar 2018 11:37

Russia wouldn't be bound to Iran nuclear deal accords reached without it - Chizhov

MOSCOW. March 30 (Interfax) - Russia would have every right not to consider itself bound to agreements on the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could be reached during consultations between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said.

"These consultations, in which we are not participating, are being held behind the back of not only Russia, but also China, and, by the way, also behind the back of the European External Action Service, which is the coordinator of the P5+1 group. And we have every right not to consider ourselves bound to any agreements that will be reached without us. I think that Europeans realize that and remain interested in Russia's assistance in tackling serious international problems," Chizhov said in an interview published in the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

"Other decisions adopted at the EU summit were sidelined by this frenzy over the Skripal affair," he said.

"And among them is confirmation of the EU's shared stance in favor of maintaining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program," Chizhov said.