Putin says world can breathe a sigh of relief after Iran deal

Russian Federation backtracked on a plan to sell S-300 surface-to-air missiles in 2010, banning sales to Iran after worldwide pressure.

But other companies may be able to sell items from the banned list which are not overtly military but have military use – from high grade metal alloys that can give extra range to missiles to drone technology and even high capacity computer equipment.

Lavrov said the Iran deal would have a positive influence on the Middle East situation, also affecting the Persian Gulf and North Africa. Think about that now imagine what these forces would do with nuclear weapons.

“There was a huge shift when under JPOA we went from dismantling their program to acknowledging enrichment”, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said.

The USA and Iran struggled to resolve a standoff over when and how to lift a United Nations arms embargo, one of the final sticking points as negotiators said they were nearing a deal to restrict the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Much depends on the small print of the deal and what is negotiated subsequently.

For his part, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Vienna after the deal was signed that Russian Federation will “participate actively at all stages of the implementation of this agreement“.

Lavrov said the arms embargo against Iran would last for five years. They’re already involved in Yemen, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Iraq.

“IAEA will enjoy very serious verification functions in what concerns Iran’s fulfilment of its liabilities under its nuclear programme”, he said.

Lavrov also said during the negotiations leading to the deal that Russian Federation, along with China, had wanted the arms embargo against Iran be among the first sanctions lifted, while the US and its allies had insisted the arms embargo remain in force for an additional eight or even 10 years.

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“We all probably remember that in April 2009 in Prague [US] President [Barack] Obama said that if the Iran nuclear program issue is sorted out, then the task of creating the European segment of the missile defense system will disappear”, Lavrov said at press conference in Vienna.


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