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Merkel, Putin discuss ways to save Iran deal
May 12, 2018, 5:07 am

Merkel will hold talks with Putin next week during an official trip to Russia [PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Iran nuclear deal after Washington announced it was violating the peace agreement, the Kremlin said on Friday.

“The two leaders discussed the situation created by the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme. They pointed out the importance of the JCPOA for international and regional security,” a Kremlin statement said.

Merkel will hold talks with Putin next week during an official trip to Russia.

The White House is preparing to impose new sanctions on Tehran soon.

On Friday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

The two foreign ministers said on Thursday they were working to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

“Without doubt we will make sure firstly that this does not destroy the JCPOA. This is our common objective, we confirmed this,” Lavrov said at a joint conference with Maas.

The German Foreign Minister told Spiegel magazine earlier last week that Berlin is set to change its policy towards the US after Washington’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal.

Reports say the European Union is considering blocking US sanctions over Iran. The EU’s blocking statute bans any EU company from complying with U.S. sanctions and does not recognise any court rulings that enforce American penalties.

 

Source: Agencies

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