Lavrov-Blinken talks likely to pave way for compromise on nuclear deal

Lavrov-Blinken talks likely to pave way for compromise on nuclear deal

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will give a political impetus to achieving a general compromise on the Iranian nuclear deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday.

"A political impetus such as a respective contact between the Russian and U.S. top diplomats would be certainly very important and in high demand now," TASS cited Ryabkov as saying.

The meeting between Lavrov and Blinken may produce clarity regarding further strategic stability contacts between Moscow and Washington, he noted.

"Lavrov’s meeting with Blinken is due in Reykjavik today, on the 19th, ahead of the official Arctic Council events. It will be late in the evening," the minister said.

Asked if any strategic stability contacts between Moscow and Washington were due in the near future, Ryabkov replied: "Not for the time being. I believe that today’s meeting between the foreign minister and the secretary of state may produce some clarity."

Ryabkov said that some other contacts at different levels were due over several weeks to come.

"Naturally, if there is a summit, the chances of launching a structured and regular dialogue on strategic stability will grow," he concluded.

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