During a visit to Moscow, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian told his Russian counterpart that “developing relations with… Russia will be defined and continue regardless of any third party or international developments, and regardless of the outcome of the talks in Vienna”. He further asserted that “the ball is in America’s court, and if Washington responds to the few remaining important issues and refrains from killing the time any further, the parties can return to Vienna as soon as possible”. Russia’s foreign minister stated that Moscow had been given U.S. “written guarantees” such that “all projects and areas of activity envisaged by the JCPOA have been protected, including the direct involvement of our companies and specialists”. The same day, a U.S. spokesperson emphasised that “the JCPOA is not going to be an escape hatch for the Russian Federation and the sanctions that have been imposed on it because of the war in Ukraine. But… we are not going to sanction Russia for undertaking, for participating in nuclear projects that are part of the JCPOA”.
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