German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again emphasized the EU’s commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — also known as the Iran nuclear deal — during a presser in the EU-Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Thursday. «The European Union members stand by this agreement despite the fact that the United States decided to withdraw from it,» Merkel stated... Еще although once again highlighting EU’s concerns with Iran’s ballistic missile program. “We’re currently looking into whether we can alleviate some sanctions on small and medium-sized [Iranian] businesses,” Merkel added pointing out that further US sanctions could do more harm than good. Merkel also discussed her upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on May 18th saying that in addition to the US and Iran nuclear deal, «We [Putin and I] always speak about Syria and Ukraine.» Heads of states and governments from several EU members and six Western Balkans countries are meeting in Sofia for the Summit. The leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including the accession process for the West Balkan states and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, among other topics.