Putin, Iran’s Rouhani to discuss JCPOA in Ankara – aide

TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 13, 2019 at 2:12 PM

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MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the trilateral summit on Syria in Ankara on September 16, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.

"As for Iran, apart from comparing notes on Syria we plan to mention certain issues of bilateral cooperation and naturally we will discuss the situation unfolding around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program," he said.

The presidential aide underlined that in light of the US withdrawal the main objective now is to preserve the deal. He also pointed out that Russia is backing active contacts with all the parties to the JCPOA, including Tehran. Ushakov emphasized that contacts with France had been stepped up on this issue lately. "In other words, the work is being actively carried out, we are fully committed to the JCPOA and together strive to implement it," Ushakov added.

He also recalled that the Russian Foreign Ministry held consultations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on September 2. "We urged the Iranian side to refrain from steps that could interfere with efforts of a number of countries to salvage the nuclear deal," Ushakov commented.

The presidential aide also recalled that it would be the third meeting between Putin and Rouhani held this year. Meanwhile, one of the most burning topics is stronger economic and trade ties. In particular, he drew up the data that the volume of bilateral trade had grown by 2 percent to reach $1.7 billion in 2018. It is also pointed out that leading Russian energy companies such as Gazprom, Gazpromneft, Rosneft, Lukoil, Zarubezhneft and Tatneft are exploring possibilities of working large oil fields in Iran.