• Tue / 3 April 2018 / 12:38
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Putin, Rouhani to discuss Iran nuclear deal — Kremlin aide

Putin, Rouhani to discuss Iran nuclear deal — Kremlin aide

Tehran (ISNA) - Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Hassan Rouhani of Iran are expected to pass a joint statement on the situation in Syria after their summit in Ankara on April 4, Russian president’s aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday.

"We expect the leaders, both during their meeting and in a joint statement, to reiterate their commitment to support to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. This is a matter of paramount importance," he said.

According to the Kremlin aide, the statement’s text is currently under consideration, experts are expected to work on it on April 2-3.

While speaking about the trilateral summit’s agenda, Ushakov pointed out that the three presidents would discuss the implementation of the agreements they made at the Sochi summit in 2017, as well as the decisions made at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi, TASS reported.

Besides, Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani will also touch upon additional measures to ensure the Syrian ceasefire. "Additional steps are likely to be drawn up that would help ensure the ceasefire and the proper functioning of the so-called de-escalation zones," Ushakov stressed. "The three countries are united in their understanding that there is no alternative to resolving the Syria issue through political methods, while the final say should lie with the Syrian people and the global community should help them reach a consensus," he said.

There will also be a discussion of progress in the Syrian constitutional reform. According to Ushakov, Russia, Iran and Turkey are determined to continue facilitating the establishment of a Constitutional Committee that should comprise representatives of all strata of Syrian society.

Following the summit, the three leaders will make statements to the media.

According to the Kremlin aide, ahead of the trilateral summit, the Russian president will hold a meeting with his Iranian counterpart in order to discuss bilateral agenda, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program, preparations for the Fifth Caspian Summit and the situation in Syria.

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, who will have a meeting in Ankara on April 4, will discuss the Iran nuclear deal in the light of the United States’ statements on its possible revision, Yuri Ushakov said.

"We expect that Putin and Rouhani will discuss the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the light of signals from the Americans about their intention to revise the terms of the deal," he told journalists.

"The Russian side sees its key task in preserving the efficiency of this joint plan of action, which is especially important bearing in mind that Iran is fully implementing its liabilities, which is regularly confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," he said, adding that this position is shared by China and European partners.

Meanwhile, Yuri Ushakov told reporters that investments of Russian oil and gas majors into development of fields in Iran can be over $50 bln.

"Energy is the most promising sphere for cooperation between Russia and Iran. Leading Russian oil and gas companies, such as Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Rosneft, Lukoil, Zarubezhneft and Tatneft are systemically working on development of fields in Iran. The expected amount of investments is over $50 bln," Ushakov said.

It was reported earlier that Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, Tatneft and Zarubezhneft signed memoranda of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) from 2016 onward. Some of them already explored fields and submitted their development proposals to the oil ministry of Iran.

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