Iranian, Russian military chiefs meet in Tehran

Kerry Wise
November 2, 2017

The Russian, Azerbaijani and Iranian presidents will discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime during the summit in Tehran on November 1, the Kremlin press service said in the run-up to the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tehran, TASS reported.

Putin was set to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rowhani, who was expecting a statement of approval from the Russian leader on the 2015 nuclear agreement that obliges Iran to cut back its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of global sanctions.

Today's talks will also focus on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which saw sanctions lifted in exchange for limits on Tehran's atomic programme and which is under pressure from US President Donald Trump. Putin praised cooperation with Iran as "very productive". Putin's visit is also expected to involve discussions about Iran's cooperation with Russian Federation in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Moscow and Tehran have had close military and economic relations for some time, and in the nuclear field Russian Federation has already built one reactor at Iran's Bushehr plant and just started work on two new ones.

US President Donald Trump refused to recertify the deal in October and has threatened to withdraw his country's support if what he calls serious flaws in the accord can not be fixed by Washington lawmakers and their allies.

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He said that Azerbaijan was keen to improve cooperation with Iran in different sectors, including culture, energy and transportation. Our cooperation can isolate America.

At the summit, Rouhani said interaction between the three countries helps promote regional cooperation and stability, adding that Iran "welcomes any idea and mechanism that could strengthen relations among Tehran, Moscow and Baku".

During Putin's visit, Russian oil producer Rosneft and the National Iranian Oil Company agreed an outline deal to work on a number of "strategic" projects in Iran together worth up to $30 billion.

"So far, good agreements have reached between Iran and Russian Federation in the areas of energy, peaceful nuclear technology, and transportation, but more efforts are needed to put these agreements into practice in the course of growing ties", he added.