A lot still has to happen before a deal to monitor Iran’s nuclear program can be implemented. But if it goes through, Azerbaijan could face a diplomatic quandary.
Representatives of the 5+1 group (comprising the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) and negotiators from Iran agreed on the broad outlines of a deal on April 2. But plenty of details still need to be filled in. The two sides are set to meet again in late April in Vienna to address unresolved issues. The aim is to have a comprehensive deal finalized by the end of June.
From Baku’s point of view, a nuclear deal, along with a possible rapprochement between the West and Iran, would have its advantages and disadvantages.
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Eldar Mamedov is a political adviser to the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. He writes in his personal capacity.