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Moscow Rejects Anti-Iran Campaign

Moscow Rejects Anti-Iran Campaign

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 - 08:15
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R). Reuters
Moscow - Raed Jabr
Moscow expressed concern over what it called the expansion of the anti-Iran campaign.

The warning from possible repercussions because of the US decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran coincided with Moscow's continued efforts to mobilize a unified position with Europe in the face of Washington's policies.

The nuclear deal with Iran is expected to be among the most important topics that will be discussed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin today with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

Notably, Macron is visiting Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, which will start Thursday.

In addition to discussing the nuclear deal, Putin's Foreign Affairs Adviser Yuri Ushakov said that the Russian President will also discuss with Macron Syria, Ukrainian crisis, Libya and the settlement in the Middle East.

Macron’s visit comes few days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Sochi that focused on the implications of the US withdrawal from the deal with Iran and the efforts exerted by Moscow and Brussels to coordinate joint steps to counter the repercussions of this withdrawal, especially regarding the work of European and Russian companies in Iran.

"(The leaders) plan to discuss the prospects of maintaining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on regulating the Iranian nuclear program after the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the agreement," Ushakov explained.

Macron’s third official visit to Russia after his election coincided with the escalation of Russian warnings from the consequences of the US decision.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated announced that Moscow views the United States' conditions put forward to Iran completely "unacceptable.”

"It is worrying that the anti-Iran campaign is gathering momentum in Washington like a snowball. It seems that the United States finally opted for the policy of ultimatums and threats against Iran,” Zarakhova said.

“This does not correspond to the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian nuclear program and goes beyond the framework of normal interstate relations," she noted during a press briefing.

The Russian official added that the US has not only violated the international laws by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal but also threatens now Tehran with "unacceptable conditions."

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