Russia voices concern over JCPOA future after US assassination of General Soleimani

Moscow, Jan 5, IRNA – Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations (Vienna) and other international Organizations Mikhail Ivanovich Ulyanov voiced his concern over the assassination of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and said that these acts will have negative consequences.

"I hope that this incident (assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani) will not influence the JCPOA which is not already in good condition," Ulyanov tweeted on Sunday.

He called on Iran and its European partners of the JCPOA to show self-restraint while acting reasonably and rationally in a bid to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Lieutenant General Soleimani and the acting commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) - known as the Hash al-Shaabi - Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, who were separately leaving Baghdad airport in two cars were targeted and assassinated.

Iraqi media said the US helicopters targeted both cars.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei commented on the martyrdom of the great commander of the IRGC's Quds Forces and said harsh and severe revenge is awaiting the criminals.

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