Russia backs ‘our Iranian friends’ against Biden in nuclear talks

President Joe Biden’s administration is “utterly senseless” to seek any new restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program or military apparatus, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“The way we see it, it is utterly senseless to demand Iran should accept new conditions within the framework of the nuclear deal or assume new obligations apart from the JCPOA,” Lavrov said, using the acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal, according to state media.

Those remarks were just one in a series of comments aligning Russia with Tehran’s negotiating position, with the opening round of talks over the U.S. and Iranian return to compliance underway in Vienna. Secretary of State
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