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Lavrov calls situation on Iran deal a 'crisis'

14 May 2018 [13:44] - TODAY.AZ

By  Trend

The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program is a crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday, TASS reports.

"We appreciate this possibility to meet in Moscow and exchange views on the issues of the JCPOA, and to be honest, the situation around it is a crisis," Lavrov said.

The legitimate interests of each participant in the Iran nuclear deal are enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the parties need to cooperate in defending them, he said.

"I understand perfectly well that Iran wishes to protect its legitimate interests," Lavrov said. "I would like to point out that Russia and other participants in the deal - China and the European countries - also have their legitimate interests enshrined in this agreement," he added. "This is why we need to cooperate in defending our legitimate interests," Lavrov said.


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