Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an online summit with the US, UK, France, China, Germany and Iran to avoid “confrontation and escalation” at the United Nations, where Washington is trying to renew the order. arms embargo against Tehran.
“The problem is urgent,” Putin said in a statement on Friday, adding that the alternative was “only to escalate tensions, increase the risk of conflict – such a scenario would have to be.” avoid”.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to participate seven-way virtual summit proposed by his Russian counterpart on an Iran arms embargo.
“We confirm our availability in principle,”; the Elysee Palace said in a statement. “We have come up with initiatives in a similar spirit in the past.”
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The 15-member United Nations Security Council will announce later on Friday the results of a vote on a resolution drafted by the US to extend the arms ban. Diplomats contend it will inevitably fail, putting the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers more risky.
If the US failed, they threatened to re-activate all UN sanctions on Iran using a provision in the nuclear deal, known as the snapback, even though Washington did. abandon the deal in 2018.
The diplomats say the US can try to do this as early as next week.
Putin said Russia, an ally of Iran in the Syrian civil war, remains fully committed to the nuclear deal and that the purpose of the video summit will be to “outline steps to allow for avoiding confrontation and climbing. ladder situation in the Security Council “.
He also said leaders could discuss establishing “credible security and confidence building measures in the Persian Gulf”, adding that this could be “achieved if they were We combine the political will and constructive approach of all of our nations and the nations of the region “.
US President Donald Trump wants to negotiate a new deal with Iran that could prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons and limit activities in the region and elsewhere. He called the 2015 nuclear deal – reached by the Obama administration – as “the worst deal ever”.
The 13-year United Nations arms embargo will expire in October under a 2015 agreement that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions.
Diplomats warn that if the US activates a sanctions again, the process will be very difficult and chaotic. They say some countries will argue that Washington cannot legally trigger a return to sanctions and therefore simply won’t reapply the measures against Iran itself.