During the meeting, Lavrov said that Iran and Russia share common and close goals in regional and international cooperation.
Lavrov was referring to the recent nuclear talks in Vienna and the desire by the U.S. to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He said Moscow still expected Washington to return to the nuclear deal with Teheran, but criticised moves he said complicated the Vienna talks.
The chief Russian diplomat said:
- Moscow and Teheran work closely to ensure the full implementation of the JCPOA
- Russia firmly believes that there is no reasonable alternative to the JCPOA
- We do our best to help Washington and Teheran find the right solution
- It is equally important to step up efforts to reduce risks associated with sanctions and potential expenses for economic operators
- In particular, gradual steps should be taken to move towards de-dollarization of national economies and transition to payments in national or alternative currencies, as well as to stop using international payment systems controlled by the West
- Russia has been working actively to that end
- Iran has no problem with returning to implementing JCPOA commitments
- But the Americans should know that neither sanctions nor acts of sabotage will give them negotiation tools and these acts will only make the situation more difficult for them