P5+1 negotiators might be closer to a final deal with Iran than anyone expected.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Photo: AP
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — whose country has been taking part in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, along with Germany, France, China, the UK and EU — was spotted Apr. 1 in the lobby bar of the Beau Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne where the talks are taking place.
Lavrov was talking to a barman requesting to prepare a room filled with “necessary stuff” for what Lavrov called “a celebration procedure” (read “a party”).
“Mr. Lavrov was in a festive mood and tipped the barman very generously,” said the source who spoke on the condition of anonimity.
“He requested to bring vodka, cognac and cigars in great quantity. Mr. Lavrov also asked not to prepare White Russians for [U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry although he will most certainly request them.”
According to the source, Lavrov said that, “John just won’t be able to stop if he starts drinking White Russians. He loves them.”
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Was it an indication that talks on Iran’s nuclear program are closer to the final deal than anyone has suspected? Or is it just a formal part of the diplomatic etiquette?
“Indeed, there is a tradition among diplomats to organize a party after successful negotiations,” a European diplomat in Lausanne said.
The source added that every time when the same diplomats meet together at the same place several times a different one should organize an “after party.”
Considering how many times during this and previous years Lavrov has met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French FM Laurent Fabius, French FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, it is not that hard to imagine that negotiators decided to eventually host a party in the hotel in Lausanne.
Let’s just hope that this party will indicate that the Iranian nuclear talks are closer to a final deal than anyone expects.
Editor’s Note: If you hadn’t guessed, this is a complete fabrication. Happy April Fool’s.