Iranian, Russian presidents discuss ties, U.S. “unilateral” policies

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14, 2019. (Xinhua photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held on Thursday a phone conversation on U.S. “unilateral” policies and bilateral ties.

TEHRAN, July 16 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed the U.S. “unilateral” policies and the ways to boost bilateral ties.

In a telephone conversation, Rouhani called for enhancing the Tehran-Moscow comprehensive ties, particularly in their battle against COVID-19.

Rouhani also underlined the importance of protecting measures to be taken by the signatories of 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, internationally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Iranian leader appreciated Russia’s support for the JCPOA as well as its opposition to the U.S. “unilateral” policies toward it.

He urged the remaining parties to the nuclear deal to confront Washington’s pressures to extend a UN arms ban against Iran.

Rouhani slammed what he called U.S. “unilateralism” in its global and international policies.

He also underscored the need for Iran to continue cooperation with Russia and Turkey within the framework of the Astana process to restore peace and stability to Syria.

For his part, Putin called for preserving the Iranian nuclear deal, while pledging that “as in the past five years, we will support the international document and insist on implementing and preserving it.”

He also urged the expansion of the Russia-Iran ties in all areas, adding that he welcomed Iran’s offer to share experiences in fighting the novel coronavirus.

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