Russia and Iran Foreign Ministers to meet in Moscow next week

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif will meet in Moscow on Sept. 2 for talks on the situation in the Gulf region, RIA news agency quoted the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministers will discuss their countries’ bilateral relations, as well as exchange views on regional issues including the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

“The sides will exchange opinions on key topics on the international and regional agenda, including Syrian settlement, the situation around the Caspian Sea, Transcaucasia, Central Asia, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, JCPOA, Venezuela,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “They plan to discuss the current condition of multifaceted ties between Russia and Iran, as well as concrete steps to further develop cooperation,” the foreign ministry added.

Moscow supports Tehran’s balanced approach on JCPOA, the ministry noted. “Russia does not recognize illegal sanctions imposed unilaterally by the US on Iran and everybody who deals with Tehran. Such method of unfair competition on global markets, including the energy market, is used by Americans despite the fact that IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] regularly confirms the exclusively peaceful character of Iran’s nuclear program,” the foreign ministry stressed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that cooperation with Iran is an important factor for ensuring Russia’s national interests, strengthening stability in Transcaucasia and Central Asia, as well as in the Middle East. The positions of the two countries on many issues are similar.

Via Euronews / Reuters /TASS

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