• Mon / 2 September 2019 / 16:50
  • Category: Politics
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Iran-Russia ties at best level over past decades: Zarif

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that currently, Iran-Russia relations are at the best level over the past decades and both countries are trying to develop their ties in all fields.

Zarif made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.

“By the end of the year, Iranian and Russian presidents will meet each other at least twice on the sidelines of multilateral summits and this is in addition to bilateral meetings between presidents and foreign ministers of the two countries,” he added.

“The Iran-Russia cooperation is fully-fledged and is definitely in the interest of the two nations, the region and the entire world,” Zarif emphasized.

“The Iran-Russia joint cooperation commission has had a special role in expanding the relations between the two countries. The officials of the joint commission are holding talks in Moscow. These meetings show the depth of Iran-Russia strategic relations,” the Iranian top diplomat went on to say.

Zarif also noted that Iran welcomes Russia's initiative on Persian Gulf security and is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with its neighbors.

“As for the Persian Gulf security, our stand is really close to the Russian stand. I believe security can be ensured through cooperation and synergy, not resilience. We have heard Russia's initiative for regional security. We welcome the initiative. We are also ready to sign a relevant agreement, a non-aggression pact with our neighbors in the Persian Gulf. So, we welcome Russia's concept and encourage our Russian friends to move further on the matter,” he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said, “Iran will further scale back its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal if European parties failed to implement their commitments”.

“It is meaningless to continue unilateral commitments to the deal if we don’t enjoy its benefits as promised by the deal’s European parties,” he added.

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