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Iranian, Russian FMs discuss how to neutralize sanctions 

Marina Kortunova
Press TV, Moscow

Tehran expects a “good agreement" to be reached in the near future in its talks on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the JCPOA. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian made the remark at a press conference following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. Amir-Abdollahian said the delay in the negotiations could lead to the creation of good ground for resolving the remaining issues. He also said that Russia has not created any obstacles in the negotiations on the JCPOA revival and that the Vienna talks are in no way connected with the conflict in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said his country has received written guarantees from the United States that Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine will not affect cooperation with Iran within the framework of the JCPOA.

Lavrov also rejected claims that Russia has created an obstacle to negotiations in the Austrian capital, backing the quick revival of the 2015 agreement.

Amirabdollahian and Lavrov also discussed other issues, including the Ukrainian conflict and regional issues such as developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

Along with political and diplomatic issues, the foreign ministers discussed economic affairs in order to neutralize the negative impacts and consequences of the US and Western anti-Moscow sanctions through closer cooperation and rapprochement.

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