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Sanctions against Iran can be lifted soon, a Russian diplomat said, referring to the talks in Vienna for a possible return of the United States to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said in a tweet on Sunday that sanctions against Iran can be lifted soon.

He wrote the tweet in response to a Twitter user who asked him if the West would finally decide to lift the sanctions against Iran, Russia, and other countries.

“I can’t say the same about anti-Russian #sanctions,” Ulyanov wrote, adding that anti-Russian sanctions are only partially associated with Ukraine.

“The West perceives independent policy of Russia as a strategic challenge and will hardly abandon the practice of sanctions,” he said.

Iran and the P4+1 recently resumed talks in Vienna, with the indirect participation of the US, to finalize an agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal based on a proposal from the EU.

Iran and the US have yet to accept the EU's proposal.

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