WASHINGTON, may 16 – RIA Novosti. European countries and Russia will be hard to stay in the agreement on a Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD), as ultimately relationships with each other and US for them is more important than relations with Iran, said the managing Director of the Washington Institute Michael Singh.
On Tuesday in Brussels held talks on the future of the Iranian nuclear deal in the framework of EU, “eurotroika”, Iran. EU and Iran agreed to hold next week in Vienna meeting of the joint Commission AGREEMENT on the level of policydirector.
“We have heard the desire of the European countries, Russia and China to agree to U.S. sanctions. But practically it is difficult. And not just because of how secondary sanctions are working, but also because in the end, all of these countries: Russia, China, Europe, the US will give your relationship more priority than relations with Iran. Which, given what happens in the world ultimately are not a priority for either one of them,” said Singh on Wednesday to RIA Novosti.
In his words, to predict the further course of events is now difficult because the US has no clear strategy against Iran after release from SVPD. Iran will try to get now more benefits from the agreement partners. However, his interest lies in the fact that, on the one hand, to win in economic terms and, on the other hand, do not lose the opportunity to produce nuclear weapons.
“I think USA really want to force Iran to choose between these things, and also have broader concerns about Iranian policy in the middle East… part of the answer to this for US is to try to find a critical mass of partners who share our concerns and are ready to support the new strategy. This means that we should identify the strategy, such that it was consistent with the interests of our partners,” said Singh.
Europe is, in his opinion, is not so concerned about the situation in the region as Washington, and more fearful of the nuclear program. Singh is confident that the Europeans and Russia will be difficult to remain in AGREEMENT, because it is, he argues, was largely a result of bilateral agreements between the US and Iran.
“The question for the United States and Europe now is, can we find a modus vivendi if we can find a way to work together not only on this but other issues, taking into account the existing strategic differences. In my opinion, is a priority for the United States and European capitals”, — said the Agency interlocutor.
In any case, right now in this situation there are many more questions than answers, he concluded.
The US President Donald trump on may 8 announced the release of the historic multilateral agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. The deal, also known as the “Joint comprehensive plan of action” (SVPD), was achieved by Iran and the “six” of international mediators, namely, China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the United States together with the EU High representative for foreign Affairs and security policy — in 2015, after years of difficult negotiations.
In exchange for the lifting of sanctions, Iran agreed to significant concessions, agreeing to put full control of its nuclear programme, confirming that under no circumstances will not seek to obtain, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.
With the release of the agreement the United States restore all sanctions against Iran including secondary (in relation to other countries doing business with Iran), which was suspended in the framework AGREEMENT. One of the main issues is whether U.S. allies to carry out these sanctions.