Lavrov’s Remarks And Answers To Questions Following Joint Meeting On Iran Nuclear Deal In Vienna

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Lavrov’s Remarks And Answers To Questions Following Joint Meeting On Iran Nuclear Deal In Vienna

Sergey Lavrov. Image: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following the Joint Commission ministerial meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Vienna, July 6, 2018 (source):

A meeting of the Joint Commission of the countries participating in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on resolving the situation around the Iranian nuclear programme at the level of foreign ministers took place. Of course, the meeting was devoted to the situation surrounding the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme after the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in violation of the commitments Washington had taken upon itself, not only as part of the JCPOA programme, but also the unanimously adopted UN Security Council resolution.

Everyone agreed that this is a major violation of the agreed upon terms which actually made it possible to significantly alleviate tensions from the point of view of the military and political situation in the region and upholding the non-proliferation regime, and, of course, of normalising trade and economic ties with Iran. The agreement worked effectively all three years. Iran was meticulously fulfilling its obligations. This was certified and continues to be certified by the IAEA, so everyone agreed once again that this move by Washington was not dictated by any specific circumstance other than its desire to re-politicise the process and the situation around Iran in general, and to put forward more conditions for Tehran to comply with which have nothing to do with the problems related to its nuclear programme. Iran is currently the most heavily inspected county of the IAEA. The IAEA enjoys unprecedented access to all the sites that could be connected with the military aspects of the nuclear programme. It is very imprudent and risky to jeopardise such an important agreement, which allows for secure and reliable support for the non-proliferation regime.

We agreed, although it was not an easy thing to do considering the not always aligned interests of the European “troika”, China, Russia and Iran, that the mechanism of the Joint Commission at the level of experts will be constantly reviewing options which will make it possible, regardless of the US decision, to continue to adhere to all commitments undertaken within the JCPOA framework and provide methods for conducting trade and economic relations with Iran which will not depend on Washington’s whims. The United States has already threatened to apply extraterritorial sanctions, which Washington will impose in the coming month in the first wave. The second wave will follow in November in the form of a total ban on Iranian oil purchases. Everyone agrees that this is an absolutely illegitimate practice. It cannot be accepted as appropriate, but it is a policy that can hardly be changed. Severe clashes are expected in the trade, economic and political spheres. The permanent mechanism of experts will be used to develop methods for maintaining trade and economic relations which will not create problems for economic actors of the countries that have maintained their participation in this agreement. It is fundamentally important for these methods for organising trade and other economic projects with Iran’s participation to be fairly large-scale, because Iran went ahead and signed this agreement in response to full liberalisation of the environment in which it found itself during the period of sanctions.

That is what we agreed upon. The agreement is enshrined in the final statement which outlines, among other things, the areas in which we will work to ensure trade and economic cooperation with Iran independently of the United States.

Question: Did you discuss Iran’s threats, for instance the one to shut down the strait?

Sergey Lavrov: No, we didn’t. Our meeting was not devoted to this issue. Responding to the appeals of the other participants Iran reaffirmed its commitments to the agreements fixed in the JCPOA. Naturally, this means that Iran will continue cooperating with the IAEA. All participants urged it to do this. Although Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted that now that the US unilaterally withdrew from these agreements (now the deal no longer exists because the US was its main participant and partner on which full restoration of Iran’s economic ties depended), Iran also has a formal right to do the same but it won’t use this right. All participants welcomed its attitude. I think this is a responsible position. I hope we will stick to this position. The main point is that Iran occupies it.

Question: Why hasn’t British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson come to the meeting?

Sergey Lavrov:  I stopped following steps of our partners from the Foggy Albion. I am not interested in this at all.

Question: Is the agenda of the meeting between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump ready? What will they discuss?

Sergey Lavrov: Everyone is talking about it, including the US President’s National Security Adviser John Bolton. There will be no formal paper. Both presidents are experienced and influential enough to decide themselves what to discuss.

Question: Will they discuss the southern de-escalation zone?

Sergey Lavrov: This was mentioned more than once. Both Syria ad Ukraine will be discussed. They will discuss everything they want.

Question: Returning to today’s meeting, Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said they are working on their own measures towards the US. Did you discuss this?

Sergey Lavrov: This doesn’t concern Iran. They are simply responding to the new decisions on higher tariffs that US President Trump imposed on European goods. This is an independent process. In this context the European Union has taken counter measures within the WTO norms. The Russian Government will make its decision today. We will also impose higher tariffs on many goods that we used to buy from the United States.

Question: Judging by the mood of European politicians, to which extent are they ready to stand up for Iran?

Sergey Lavrov: I wouldn’t say that they want “to stand up for Iran.” They want to ensure their economic interests and political commitments. It is impossible to make companies do something. It is only possible to create the conditions that they will find acceptable. Total, Peugeot and Renault have already left Iran. They analysed the situation and decided that the American market is more important for them. Our French colleagues explained to us that there is nothing they can do about this. What they can do is to elaborate collectively and individually such forms of trade and settlements with Iran that will not depend on the dollar and will be accepted by those companies that see trade with Iran more profitable than with the US. Such companies certainly exist — small, medium and large.

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  • Harvey Swinestein

    The US is once again proving its total unreliability as a partner in any kind of international agreements. They are decidedly much more loyal to their masters in Tel Aviv than to the international body politic, or even supposed allies . .

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      their masters are not in tel aviv. You confusing expendable clowns, with masters and that is your first mistake.

      • Harvey Swinestein

        Take a look where all the top level manipulators eventually are laid to rest champ. You’ll find it’s usually somewhere in occupied Palestine . .

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          No need.

      • You can call me Al

        Almost Bingo, where are they then ?.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          It is a long history as to who they are or where they are. In the western world are every where within the ruling class and not only. In the free world, they have their sympathizers and followers.

          If you want to follow the events that started all this beginning on 12th century when the king of England issue a kings order that was abolishing all jews from the kingdom, where they went in force, regrouped and formed the Dutch Indian Company that in turn financed Cromwell, that drop the king and reversed his order, allowing the jews back in the country that in turn formed the Indian Company – City of London – Bank of England etc. and in the process the colonies. As I said long story.

          Not the right place to discuss historical fact and in depth who where and why. Israel like USA inc. are private owned properties as the rest of the colonies are and expendable. Not in control and especially not in control of any other. All follow their directives and do what they are told or else.

  • Sadde

    To sum it up: nothing to do about US extortions at the moment.

  • Drogba

    Zionism is a cancer for the free world,it’s either them or us that will survive,Wake up People.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      you conclude correctly. The people dont expect to wake up they never had and never will. Mass population is just a catalyst in a chemical reaction never mean to participate in any way in history making beside been there and filling an empty space.

      Always the few enlighten ones, have changed the route of history. The zombies… just follow the path is been drawn for them.

    • Wise Gandalf

      Sure, but islam is much bigger cancer.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        is it?

      • iosongasingsing

        What Islam Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, or Averroè, Avicenna and the library of Cordoba, in 800 AD that had 500,000 volumes, which represented the sum of human knowledge?. The Arabs mostly excelled in astronomy, mathematics, medicine, else is CIA, Mossad, Wahabit terrorism.

        • Wise Gandalf

          islam in the 9th-12th centorury was a progressive thing. in you are very right, in that time moslem scientists hugely influenced several disciplines. i read a lot of about them.

          today islam is very negative movement (movement, because islam is not only a religion, but also ideology, law system, etc.). gives nothing, only takes.

          • Vince Dhimos

            The people who go around bashing Islam are the ones who fully support the Saudi SUNNI Wahhabist terror cult but falsely claim the SHIA are terrorists, when in fact, the Shia, such as Iran, are fighting terror in Syria and Iran. This is such a transparent ruse it is hard to believe that anyone falls for it. Yet the US “Christian” Zionist buy it.

          • Wise Gandalf

            For decades i hate saudi arabia.

          • Harvey Swinestein

            You have obviously never lived in a Moslem country. You cannot judge a whole religion by how a small group of fringe extremists operate..

          • Wise Gandalf
      • Vince Dhimos

        The notion that Islam is a cancer is held and propagated by those who have allied themselves with Saudi Arabia. These devious people fully support SUNNI Wahhabism but deceitfully portray the SHIA as terrorists. Foolish Trump supporters fall for this absurdity.

      • Harvey Swinestein

        No Grandelf .. the biggest cancer is people who live off welfare and spend their time blogging all day about stuff they know very little . .

    • iosongasingsing

      No, fortunately, just delete the racist fascist entity of Israel from the map and the world, including the Jews, will be at peace.

  • Drogba

    It speaks for itself,when the proud to be a Zionist, Boris the clown Johnson, never attended the meeting. He represent the rothschild bankster warmongers.

  • Rob

    US, NATO and their proxies Israel, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, PKK etc are indeed losers. There is no doubt.

  • Rob

    Lavrov is a very genius foreign minister of Russia.

    • as

      They can put this guy into one big debates of the century with any of their politicians or likewise policy experts they have in the west and he’ll roll them all upside down without a doubt. That’s just how swampy, shady, and dodgy their current foreign policy.

  • andyoldlabour

    These actions by the US will hopefully see it become increasingly isolated from the rest of the World, and the American people will quickly notice a downturn in their economy and a resultant negative effect on employment and wages.
    None of this will have an effect on the Trumpard, because he will ignore it, call it fake news, and just make up statistics and stories to make himself feel better.

    • You can call me Al

      “None of this will have an effect on the Trumpard, because he will ignore it”, I know what you mean, when you say this and I mean no insult here, when I disagree with you.

      In my view, they dont listen to criticism of US of effing A, same, same I suppose, but they do even listen to anything negative about the USA – words are failing me after last night, but I doubt that you or me, European, Russians, Chinese can actually understand their thought process.

      • andyoldlabour

        I don,t think there is a thought process.

  • as

    Very good and experienced mr Lavrov leave no snide comments unanswered. Who’s the one doing interviews ? They should give it up this man weren’t on the level of their western colleagues counterpart.

  • Vince Dhimos

    Trump went to a meeting with AIPAC and agreed to do everything they wanted. He is not the president of the US. He is a puppet of Israel.

    • andyoldlabour

      Exactly, they have the same narcisisstic mindset as Trump.

  • RichardD

    This is why the US and our planet need to be dejudified. So that people like Mr. Lavrov don’t have to waste their time with this type of nonsense.

  • RichardD

    And now another Porta Down area chemical weapons poisoning, this time a fatality:

    – Woman exposed to nerve agent in Amesbury dies –

    https://www.rt.com/uk/432342-woman-novichok-amesbury-police/

    Who can blame a wise man like Mr. Lavrov from distancing himself from the British government with the type of WMD activity against their own people that they’ve got going on there right next to their main chemical weapons facility, and their irresponsible false allegations against the Russian government, chemical weapons false flag attacks in Syria, and mishandling the security of the British public?

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The woman had a severe drug habit and more likely the found what was a syringe that was discarded by the MI6 agent involved with creating the scene at the Skripal’s home.

      • Sinbad2

        When the Skripals were poisoned, I immediately thought it was the UK Government.
        This second case has got me questioning that. Surely the UK kill teams are professional and wouldn’t leave a syringe laying around?
        So either the UK deliberately picked these people?
        But they seem random, maybe the Skripals were also random?

        Maybe there is a nutcase at Porton Down, just randomly poisoning people.
        The Anthrax letters scare in the US, was a scientist who worked for the military.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Yes Bo Jo did it !!!