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14.07.2015

“The SCO can provide a soft regional security umbrella on the eastern and northern borders of Iran. It is not a military bloc, and there are no military commitments, but the high level of economic interdependence of the SCO countries does not allow the territory of any of its members to be used to threaten the security of other members”, – PIR Center Director Albert Zulkharneev.

03.07.2015

“A rather complex plan of action has been elaborated and approved, defining the steps to be taken after the signing of agreement.  It sets out the timelines and conditions for treaty to become operational, defines what should be considered the day of implementation of the agreement, etc. This framework, this “Christmas tree,” is further decorated with specific “candies, mandarins and chocolate rabbits.” Iranians are still discussing their volume, size, and number with all the parties,” – Sergey Ryabkov Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

03.06.2015

“If suddenly Iran is out of enriched uranium and it isn’t able to provide us with it, we will be able to address to IAEA. It is like to borrow money in an ordinary bank: one cannot rely only on personal income and has to go to a bank from time to time. It’s a certain airbag, which would secure us if the fuel cycle or other things go wrong, for example, due to political reasons. The Middle East is a very turbulent place: today we’re friends, tomorrow there could be another situation,” - Mohammed Shaker, Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

21.04.2015

“The solution to the Iranian nuclear issue should not be reached at the expense of these countries’ interests. The security concerns of Iran’s neighbors should be addressed, though not in the comprehensive agreement itself. Providing security assurances to the region could also result in a more positive attitude towards the nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, international efforts should be aimed at making sure that no country in the Middle East is facing a military threat from its neighbors, rather than playing into the narrative of the states aspiring to regional hegemony or special status” – PIR Center and Strategic Studies Network report “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective”.


03.04.2015

If we are negotiating with the West that does not mean that our position regarding western dominance and interference in the Middle East has changed. Iran is not willing to give up its independent politics for any price. Iran’s eight-year resistance during a forcible war and its firmness in the question of peaceful use of nuclear energy are examples of such an Iranian approach. Resistance and evasion of sanctions are a witness to the independence of Iran. If Iran were to rely on the West, then we could not endure western pressure,” –  Seyed Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi, the Head of the Strategic Council of Public Relations under the administration of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

03.04.2015

«The only truly vulnerable point of the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program remains a matter of lifting the sanctions. It is obvious that the parties were unable to reach the common ground, the wording was left as general as possible. To lift the sanctions Iran need to convince the IAEA that it had complied with all provisions of the agreement. But, if the reduction in the number of centrifuges is easily verifiable, the removal of questions on "possible military dimensions" of Iranian nuclear program, going back as far as 1990-s, may be a long-lasting and complex process», ­– PIR Center "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.

06.02.2015

“The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and the UN have been working together in combating the WMD proliferation financing since 2012. The WMD proliferation is on the agenda of the Security Council and is defined as a threat to international peace and security. The FATF is not competing with the UN Security Council but has a subordinate role monitoring national execution of the relevant financial provisions of the Security Council resolutions”, – Vladimir Nechaev, FATF President (2013-2014). 

26.01.2015

The latest issue of the Security Index journal is partly devoted to the development of the global nuclear energy sector and nuclear infrastructure. Against the backdrop of the oil-and-gas needle and amid the continued devaluation of the Russian currency, the Russian nuclear energy sector seems to offer what may well be the only tangible, comprehensive, and carefully thought-out answer to economic upheavals. This particular branch of the Russian high-tech sector is not a prototype but a working engine.

16.01.2015

“Exporters act on their initiative and help importing countries with a number of infrastructural issues, primarily in the educational sphere. Not only the supplier companies but also the exporting countries themselves work on education, development of the legal base and norms. Japan, Russia, France, South Korea and the USA are doing a great job, especially in the cases where they are involved in the construction. There is a number of good examples of assistance in education and training of national specialists, sometimes it seems to be done for purely humanitarian reasons,” – IAEA Deputy Director General, Alexander Bychkov.

09.12.2014

“Even if the upcoming review conference goes sour, it will not necessarily mean the collapse of the NPT. But even if in all hopes of staying away from excessive drama and the unnecessary letting-out of passions, I cannot help but notice that at the moment there are too many signs that a big blast is possible. Volcanoes sleep for a long time, and signs of recovery do not always mean the immediate beginning of an eruption. But if too many anxiety symptoms accumulate, one begins to think about evacuation and not about the fact that there might be a lot of drama and pathos in statements to the press,” – PIR Center Director, Vladimir Orlov.

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