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Newsline: Russia Gambit at Iran Nuclear Talks Casts Pall Over Diplomacy

A Russian gambit linking its war on Ukraine to negotiations aimed at restoring a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers is poised to postpone an anticipated resolution of the talks. The Kremlin’s demand for U.S. guarantees that sanctions imposed over its Ukraine invasion won’t affect Moscow’s business with Iran has sparked concern among some diplomats. While it’s unlikely to derail the nuclear talks completely, it potentially adds new complications to discussions that envoys had predicted would conclude in days. Iran’s chief negotiator in Vienna, Ali Bagheri Kani, unexpectedly returned to Tehran late on Monday for a “short trip” to consult with officials, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The negotiations to rein in Iran’s nuclear work remain snarled over the scope and timing of U.S. sanctions relief. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-gambit-iran-nuclear-talks-110603598.html) European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora, who’s coordinating talks, said on Twitter that technical discussions to restore the 2015 accord have concluded and that it’s now time for senior politicians to make decisions. He suggested that Russia’s new demands were just “noise,” echoing a position taken by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday.

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