Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin as he arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 11 May 2018

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke during a telephone call
  • They both affirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal

MOSCOW:Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation Friday reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the US pulled out of it, the Kremlin said.
"The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the unilateral withdrawal of the US was discussed. The importance of preserving the deal from a point of view of international and regional stability was highlighted," the Kremlin said in a statement following the call.

Meanwhil, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will host a meeting with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the Iran nuclear deal.
US President Donald Trump this week defied the wishes of world powers when he announced that Washington would withdraw from the historic nuclear accord and impose new sanctions on Tehran.
Merkel has previously said Germany and its European partners would "do everything" to ensure Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, while Putin has voiced "deep concern" at the US decision.
The Russian president also spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Friday, with the pair saying Trump was "wrong" to pull out of the accord, according to a Turkish presidential source.
After long negotiations, Iran agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing international sanctions.
The deal had been negotiated between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.