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Putin to host Iranian president next week for talks - state TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin spends his weekend at a forest in Siberia, Russia on March 21, 2021 [Kremlin Press Office / Anadolu Agency]
Russian President Vladimir Putin spends his weekend at a forest in Siberia, Russia on March 21, 2021 [Kremlin Press Office / Anadolu Agency]

President Vladimir Putin will host his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help salvage a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, Reuters reported on Sunday quoting the state television channel Rossiya-1.

Rossiya-1 did not disclose when precisely the meeting between the two leaders would take place, nor the issues they would discuss.

Russia is taking part in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union – that lifted some sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear programme.

Read: China confirms opposition to US sanctions on Iran

Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018, a year after he became US president. Iran later breached many of the deal's nuclear restrictions and kept pushing beyond them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that progress had been made in the talks to revive the deal.

Read: Biden will not allow Iran to have nuke, US says as talks hit critical phase

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