France is counting on Russia's help to resolve a diplomatic impasse with Iran, according to former French Ambassador to Tehran François Nicoullaud, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron held talks on Monday, 19 August, at Fort Bregancon near Toulon just days before Macron is set to host a G7 summit in Biarritz in the south of the country.
“Due to the difficult situation in the Persian Gulf, the parties are looking for a way out. Indeed, France is seeking Moscow's support to try to maintain the 2015 nuclear agreement”, Nicoullaud said, who served as Ambassador to Iran between 2001 and 2005.
Moscow can also help Tehran where US sanctions are hurting it the most: with the sale of oil.
“Everyone expects Moscow to do something about it”, the former diplomat stressed.
It is more difficult for European countries to act, he explained, because their companies are too closely linked to the US market, unlike Russian ones. For Russia it is easier, and Macron and Putin can “find a way out of the crisis”, he added.
“Russia, like China, as well as three European countries - France, Germany, and the United Kingdom - is a serious partner in the development and implementation of the agreement”, Nicoullaud concluded.