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Russia stresses implementation of Geneva N-deal

Politics - Russian Foreign Minister has underlined the need for the full implementation of the recent Geneva deal over Iran's nuclear energy program.

Sergei Lavrov described the agreement as a very important document, saying its provisions should be implemented to the letter, Russian media reported on Tuesday.

Pointing to his Monday meeting with the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU), Lavrov said Russia and the EU see eye to eye on the full implementation of the Geneva deal.

Moscow and the 28-nation bloc are determined to resolve the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, the top Russian diplomat added.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Russia, Britain, China and France- plus Germany reached an interim deal aimed at laying the groundwork for the full resolution of the decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Furthermore, no new sanctions must be imposed against Iran over the course of next six months.

However, on December 12, the administration of US President Barack Obama issued new sanctions against more than a dozen companies and individuals for “providing support” for Tehran’s nuclear program.

During a phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “expressed Iran’s dissatisfaction” with new US sanctions.

A day earlier, Zarif said the Islamic Republic would continue negotiations with the six major world powers but would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the Sextet.

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