Azerbaijani, Russian and Iranian presidents to meet in Tehran today

Azerbaijani, Russian and Iranian presidents to meet in Tehran today

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal on an official visit to Tehran on Wednesday, in what Iran's leadership has interpreted as a rejection of US policy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran November 1, 2017.

Moscow said Syria will be a focus of Putin's visit, which comes after Russia, Iran and Turkey pledged after negotiations in Kazakhstan yesterday to bring the Syrian regime and its opponents together for a "congress" to push peace efforts.

"We proved to the world that we are able to resolve our region's highly important issues without (any help from) extra-regional countries", he said.

Thereafter Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan trilateral summit will kick off in the Iranian capital.

The Russian commander, for his part, voiced satisfaction over the current level of defense and military cooperation between Iran and Russia.

Russian Federation is one of the signatories to the landmark nuclear accord under which Tehran agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief. Putin praised cooperation with Iran as "very productive". Trump has also not ruled out an outright cancellation of the deal. "But the issues of economic nature are at the forefront, of course", Putin said.

Putin's arrival in Iran comes a day after the US Treasury added 40 Iranian individuals and entities already targeted by sanctions to a counter-terrorism blacklist.

The two presidents also discussed the Syria conflict, and their joint cooperation with Turkey under the Astana peace process aimed at finding a peaceful settlement to the lingering crisis.

"We oppose any unilateral change in the multilateral nuclear deal", Putin told Khamenei, Iranian state TV reported.

He said that Azerbaijan was keen to improve cooperation with Iran in different sectors, including culture, energy and transportation.

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