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Nuclear deal possible due to political will: Russia


Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has expressed optimism over achievement of a final deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program due to the existing political will among negotiating sides.

“One feels political will of the participants, and a certain fear that we may not be quick enough - that is a good sign in this situation. There is not much time left. But there are chances,” Ryabkov told Russia’s Kommersant newspaper on Friday.


The Russian official stated that the new round of the negotiations is “different from the previous [ones] in that there is some static energy being accumulated that will have to be freed and turn into kinetic energy.”


Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China – plus Germany formally kicked off the sixth round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Thursday to discuss a permanent accord.


Iran has expressed hope that the two sides can manage to resolve differences and work out a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program before a July 20 deadline.


Ryabkov added that Russia’s current dispute with the West over the crisis in Ukraine will not hinder the ongoing Iran nuclear talks.


“In my opinion, there is no ground for worrying that the situation surrounding Ukraine will be the bomb set under the talks over Iran’s nuclear program, that it will prevent them from proceeding effectively,” the Russian official stated.