Russia 'Relieved' at Iran Deal

Russia welcomes deal as 'important for the implementation of large-scale plans of peaceful nuclear cooperation between Russia and Iran.'

Gil Ronen ,

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia said Tuesday that it welcomes the agreement reached in Vienna concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

"We are certain that the world heaved a sigh of relief today," an official statement said. "The negotiations supported by the UN Security Council and involving Russia, China, the USA, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran and the European Union went on for many years. We are satisfied that the solution found is based on the principle of phasing and mutuality which our country has been consistently supporting at every stage of these complicated negotiations.

"The IAEA will carefully monitor the implementation of the agreed steps to prove the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program," Russia added. "Iran gets the opportunity to develop this program, including uranium enrichment, under IAEA control and with the gradual lifting of sanctions imposed against Tehran, something we have long called for. This is also important for the implementation of large-scale plans of peaceful nuclear cooperation between Russia and Iran that got support in the documents approved today... Our bilateral relations with Iran will receive a new impetus and will no longer be influenced by external factors.

"Russia will do everything in its power to ensure the full implementation of the Vienna agreements, assisting in strengthening global and regional security, global nuclear non-proliferation, the creation in the Middle East of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, and the mobilization of a broad coalition in the region to counter terrorist threats."

Meanwhile, other international reactions to the deal have continued to pour in.

The United States' former UN envoy, John Bolton, slammed the Iran deal Tuesday, saying “The only thing we need to 'verify' about #IranDeal is what Obama was thinking when he agreed to it. This deal is an absolute disaster.”

Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, described the deal with Iran as historic, saying it “secures our fundamental aim — to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon — and that will help to make our world a safer place.”

He said the deal required leadership, courage and determination and that it was time to move forward and put it into place, adding that Iran will reap economic benefits, so long as it delivers on everything it has agreed to do.

Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday about the deal: "I think this is an important step which puts a lid on Iran’s nuclear programs. And it will enable us to then turn our attention as it must to doing what we can with our other partners in the region and beyond to try to prevent and contain Iran’s other bad actions.”

US President Barack Obama will talk on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later Tuesday, according to reports from the US and Israel.