Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“The US Department of State called the decision of Iran to start enriching uranium to 5% at the facility in Fordo” a big step in the wrong direction. ” Such a statement is complete political irresponsibility. This “wrong direction” was directly set by Washington’s exit from the JCPOA. The blame for the possible collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal lies precisely with the United States, flagrantly violating the UN Security Council resolution.
The United States simultaneously promises to continue Iran’s maximum pressure policy. However, Tehran’s consistent steps to reduce its obligations under the JCPOA are a clear sign of the failure of Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign.
Russia, being a permanent member of the UN Security Council and one of the parties to the agreement, is undoubtedly concerned about what is happening. We remain committed to the full implementation of the JCPOA by all its parties. But so far, firstly, there are assurances about the reversibility of all Tehran’s actions, and secondly, the “new activity” will also be under the control of the IAEA.
European partners have two more months to prevent a possible collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal. For this, at a minimum, the EU needs not only to loudly urge Iran to return to its obligations, but also to launch, finally, a financial mechanism to compensate for losses from the renewal of US sanctions. ”