The ways to develop economic ties with Iran will be found despite US sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"Mechanisms are currently worked out within the framework of the joint group of participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [for Iranian nuclear program], which will make it possible to continue performing provisions of this document, primarily in respect of economic ties with Iran, and without US participation," Lavrov said.
"Experts are proactively dealing with this matter and they have quite stable understanding that this is possible and that such measures will be found," TASS quoted him as saying.
Iran nuclear deal issue
In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions. The first round of new US sanctions on Iran took effect on August 7, and the second one came into force on Monday.
Following Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran would not abandon the JCPOA and would continue to comply with its obligations. Lavrov said that Russia would seek to maintain the agreement despite US sanctions against Iran.