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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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