The Russian and US delegations exchanged opinions on the progress made in the negotiations on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said on Monday.
“The Russian and the US delegations at the Vienna talks on #JCPOA met again to exchange views on the progress made, as well as the way ahead. As always the discussion was businesslike and useful,” he tweeted.
The Russian and the US delegations at the Vienna talks on #JCPOA met again to exchange views on the progress made, as well as the way ahead. As always the discussion was businesslike and useful. pic.twitter.com/zD4ohIUSDq
— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) May 10, 2021
Ulyanov noted that he met with political directors of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in charge of their countries’ delegations and “had a constructive exchange of views on the current state of affairs and issues that need to be resolved in order to achieve our common goal.”
The Austrian capital has been hosting the in-person meetings of JCPOA parties. So far, three working groups were created, with two of them working on lifting US sanctions and the nuclear issues, while the third is looking into the sequence of steps necessary to restore the nuclear deal.
Following the latest round of talks in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the parties agreed to begin holding expert and technical consultations, as well as drafting an agreement.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden in a virtual meeting with NATO allies on Monday conveyed his desire to work more closely with allies in the Baltic and Black Sea regions to address a range of issues, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“The president spoke today with NATO’s eastern flank allies in a virtual summit,” Psaki said in a press briefing. “He conveyed his desire for closer cooperation with our nine allies in Central Europe and the Baltic and the Black Sea regions on a full range of issues including global health security, climate change, energy security, and global economic recovery and he also expressed his support for enhancing NATO’s deterrence and defense posture as well as the importance of allies increasing their resilience against harmful economic and political actions by our strategic competitors.”
Biden also underscored the US commitment to strengthening transatlantic partnerships, Psaki said.