On the eve of the next round of talks between the six international mediators and Iran on the country's nuclear program to be held in Vienna from May 13-15, leading experts on Iran have gathered in Moscow to sum up the recent developments in the Iranian nuclear issue and outline the prospects for completion of this process, including Vladimir Sazhin and head of the Caucasus Department of the CIS Institute Vladimir Yevseyev. While Sazhin took an optimistic and pessimistic view, Yevseev for the future of Iran's nuclear program.
A senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, an expert on Iran Vladimir Sazhin noted that the IAEA has no current grievances with Iran and that the United States is doing its part in the arrangements by unfreezing $400 to $500 million and ignoring the easing of sanctions. The expert believes that "the West wants to make Iran feel that there is a possibility for further agreements."
Sazhin also said that now there is a need to develop a mechanism for the full lifting of sanctions. He believes that every side in the conflict is interested in its settlement.
The expert added that Iran is not yet ready to compete with Russia in the oil and gas sector.
Vladimir Yevseyev said that he remains unconvinced about a positive outcome of a settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. "The United States is trying to play the the Islamic republic [against Russia], while the reasons for which the United States has put pressure on Iran have not been eliminated. There are no actual reasons for these countries to become closer, since the Syrian problem is still present and the situation of Iran in the region is not improving," Yevseyev said.