TEHRAN (Press TV) -- Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna said Saturday Moscow has warned Britain, France, and Germany - collectively known as the EU3 – against triggering the 2015 Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism. "We have warned our Western partners against taking such a step by reminding them of the negative implications of such a process,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Mikhail Ulyanov as saying.
"The Kremlin views this measure taken by the three European states in negative light,” he added.
Last week, the three European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) released a statement saying the mechanism was activated in response to what they claimed was Iran’s repeated violations of the accord.
The European push to trigger the dispute mechanism may ultimately lead to the restoration of UN sanctions against Iran which were lifted under the JCPOA.
In a press conference on Friday, Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed the European measure as a "dangerous turn” which aims to use the moment of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. to "blame Iran for all what happened”.
He said the European signatories of the deal had failed to set up a promised trade mechanism to bypass U.S. sanctions against Iran and uphold their JCPOA commitments.
Speaking in Washington less than a week after visiting Tehran, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Tehran "did not seek to escalate things”.
"Iranians don’t want war, they don’t want further bloodshed,” he said while speaking to reporters on Friday.
Qureshi added that Tehran had expressed its willingness to ease tensions over differences with Riyadh and certain other Persian Gulf nations.
"They said they are willing to engage at any level and in any format,” Qureshi said.