"It will be surely held before the New Year, but not in Vienna,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as said.
"The 20th is already late, and so, it will be before December 20. It will be decided in the next few days,” he stated.
Ryabkov aslo said that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini plans personally to take part in talks between the Sextet and Iran at the level of ministers.
Iran and the six powers (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) wrapped up seven days of intensive nuclear talks in Vienna on November 24 but did not secure a long-awaited comprehensive deal.
They decided to extend talks on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program for 7 more months.
The latest round of negotiations was held ahead of the self-imposed deadline of November 24.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the Western side signed an interim nuclear deal in the Geneva, Switzerland.
The Joint Plan of Action came into effect in January and expired in July, at the time the sides decided to extend negotiations to November 24 in the hope to find a final deal that would end a decade of impasse over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.