An agreement between the six world powers and Iran on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme could be reached “within hours,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.
"I allow for everything: I even allow that the deal could be reached in the next couple of hours," he told reporters at a BRICS (the five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in the Russian city of Ufa.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also said on Thursday he was grateful to Russia for its continuous efforts to secure a much needed agreement at the relentless talks between the six major powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear programme.
"I would like to thank Russia for its efforts on Iran's nuclear agreement," he told President Vladimir Putin during the meeting.
The deal between Iran and six world powers including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States is still under intensive construction, and is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from economic sanctions that have long crippled its economy.
The parties previously missed a June 30 deadline for a final agreement before setting a new deadline for this on Tuesday.
Reports suggest a new deadline of July 10 will be imposed, according to Reuters. Talks have intensified since the original deadline was missed.
However, pivotal differences remain, including limits on nuclear research and development and guidelines for inspections as well as the speed of and limits to sanctions relief.