Iranian FM to Visit Moscow for Nuclear Talks amid Russian Sanctions Demands
Tehran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian headed to Moscow on Tuesday, March 14, days after negotiations on an Iran nuclear deal stalled amid new Russian demands.
Ten months of talks in Vienna have brought major powers close to renewing a landmark 2015 agreement on regulating Iran’s nuclear program.
But the negotiations were halted again after Russia on March 5 demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed following its invasion of Ukraine would not damage its trade with Iran.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has dismissed as “irrelevant” the Russian demands for guarantees, saying that they “just are not in any way linked together.”
The current round of negotiations started in late November in the Austrian capital between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia, with the US taking part indirectly.
The 2015 deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
But then-president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and imposed tough economic sanctions on different sectors, including oil exports. (TOI / VFI News)