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The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes that on 14 July 2015 the “P5+1” international mediators (China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the United States of America) together with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy and The Islamic Republic of Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Practical implementation of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme started on 16 January 2016.

The UN Security Council resolution 2231 of 20 July 2015, unanimously adopted in support of the JCPOA, confirmed that the Plan of Action marked a fundamental shift in the situation around the Iranian nuclear programme and its full implementation would contribute to building confidence of the international community in its exclusively peaceful nature. The UN Security Council called upon the UN member states and the international organisations to take such actions as may be appropriate to support the implementation of the JCPOA and refrain from any actions that undermine it. The JCPOA participants – China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States of America, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran – were encouraged to resolve any issues arising with respect to implementation of JCPOA commitments though the procedures specified in it.

The members of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation believe that currently the JCPOA is one of the most important international agreements, concluded after almost fifteen years of meticulous work. Its signing demonstrated the possibility of reaching a peaceful and compromise deal on the most difficult international problems, the ability of the global powers, particularly the permanent members of the UN Security Council to agree for the sake of common goals’ achievement and to act in the interests of the entire international community, to correlate their own national interests respectively.

The Report on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement (2015/2274 (INI) of 12 October 2016 defines Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an achievement for multilateral diplomacy opening the possibility for cooperation in resolving the region’s security crisis.

The Iranian nuclear programme agreement contributes to strengthening of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and could be used as a model for settlement of other international problems, for example, the situation around the nuclear programme of the DPRK. 

The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes with anxiety that implementation of this international agreement is currently put in jeopardy as the President of the United States of America Donald Trump has announced a new strategy for Iran, which stipulates the possibility of commitment of unilateral actions by the USA, including the withdrawal from the JCPOA. It is obvious that such actions will trigger a response from Iran, thus putting the clock on the situation with the Iranian nuclear programme back for decades, undermine confidence in the leading global powers as responsible actors in the international relations, inflict irreparable damage to efforts aimed at strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, and negatively influence solution of similar problems concerning nuclear programmes of other countries.

Members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation insistently urge members of the Congress of the United States of America to use all available recourses to prevent such a dangerous situation. There are no grounds to curtail collaboration with Iran on its nuclear programme. Assessments of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is authorised to monitor Iran in nuclear field, confirm that Iran complies with its obligations under the JCPOA.

While sharing the IAEA’s point of view, members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urge members of parliaments of China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Parliament to influence the political leaders of their countries in order maintain the historical agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme in force.    




The Council of the Federation

of the Federal Assembly

of the Russian Federation


Moscow, 25 October 2017


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18.03.2018 - Statement by Vassily A. Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, at the Security Council meeting on letter dated 13 March

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17.03.2018 - Press release on summoning UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow to the Russian Foreign Ministry

On March 17, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was handed a note stating that in response to the provocative actions of the British side and groundless accusations against the Russian Federation with regard to the incident in Salisbury, UK on March 4, 2018, the Russian side has taken the following decisions in response. Twenty-three diplomatic staff of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared persona non grata and are to be expelled from Russia within a week. Taking into account the disparity in the number of the two countries’ consular missions, the Russian Federation recalls its agreement on the opening and operation of the Consulate General of the United Kingdom in St Petersburg. Respective procedures will be followed in accordance with international legal practice. Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation, its activities are terminated. The British side is warned that in case of further unfriendly actions against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take further retaliatory measures.

16.03.2018 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry

The decision by the Ukrainian authorities, released on March 16, 2018, not to allow citizens of the Russian Federation to the Embassy and general consulates of Russia on the day of the election of the President of the Russian Federation causes nothing but indignation. Such actions are unprecedented and do not fit into generally accepted ideas about civilised countries. The above steps contradict not only the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations, but also international human rights standards, in particular, the provisions of the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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14.03.2018 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry

The March 14 statement made by British Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament on measures to “punish” Russia, under the false pretext of its alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter, constitutes an unprecedented, flagrant provocation that undermines the foundations of normal dialogue between our countries.

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14.03.2018 - Statement of the Russian Embassy

On 14 of March Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was informed that 23 diplomats were declared personae non gratae. We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted. All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain.

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Mr Chairperson, In connection with the vicious attacks launched by British officials in London, as well as the statement by the head of the British delegation to the OPCW with regard to Russia concerning the suspicious story of two persons poisoned with a toxic agent in Salisbury, we would like to state the following. The British authorities’ unfounded accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in using poisonous agents on their territory are absolutely unacceptable. Our British colleagues should recall that Russia and the United Kingdom are members of the OPCW which is one of the most successful and effective disarmament and non-proliferation mechanisms. We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal framework of the chemical convention, which makes it possible to resolve this kind of situation.

13.03.2018 - Press release on summoning the UK Ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry

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