Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Ulyanov held talks on the eve of the JCPOA joint commission meeting in Vienna.
Both sides reviewed their stances and stressed the importance of the proximity of positions.
The Russian side reiterated support for the nuclear deal and the importance of lifting sanctions by the US, IRNA news agency reported.
Meanwhile, high-ranking diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Britain are set to resume talks later on Saturday, in negotiations focused on bringing the United States back into their landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
The US will not have a representative at the table when the diplomats meet in Vienna because former President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the country out of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in 2018. Trump also restored and augmented sanctions to try to force Iran into renegotiating the pact with more concessions.
The Biden administration is reportedly considering a rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions in a bid to get Iran to come back into compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement, according to information from current and former US officials and others familiar with the matter earlier this week.