Russian Federation vows to deepen ties with Iran despite USA sanctions

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference in Paris

Russian Federation negotiated the nuclear framework with Iran together with France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA and China.

The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, France and four other worldwide powers as well as Iran, eased sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.

Iran is ready to "fulfill all its obligations" under the nuclear deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said after meeting with his counterpart in Tehran, according to comments carried by state media. He underlined, that regardless of USA unilateral sanctions, the lifting of the UNSC sanctions could not be revised.

Despite their differences, both Israel and Russia have enjoyed cordial relations in recent years, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making frequent visits to Moscow, and Russian President Vladimir Putin keen on highlighting Russia's role in defeating Nazism and its vast Jewish history.

"I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program; I would advise them very strongly", the U.S. president told reporters at the White House.

Lavrov said Moscow had urged Iran and its arch-enemy Israel to avoid acts that could lead to a spiral of Middle East conflict in the wake of Trump's announcement.

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Iran and Israel have engaged in a number of clashes in Syria, where Tehran's forces are aiding Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The tensions between Israel and Iran escalated after Israel released documents revealing Iran's nuke program earlier this month, and U.S. President Donald Trump's highly controversial withdrawal from the historic Iran nuclear treaty.

Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital, Damascus, on Tuesday. The most eloquent objections seem to have come via the United States and our former ambassador there under President Obama.

In the end, she believes that Moscow will likely fall back on its policy of playing both sides against each other in order to strengthen its own Middle East interests. As far as I understand, this is what our European partners want to reach with the Americans, they want to bargain something.

In a public event Tuesday Trump denounced the deal and signed the highest sanction against Iran, his speech also contained threatening undertones.

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