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Putin to visit Iran for nuclear talks
July 25, 2013, 9:42 am


President Putin will become the very first leader to visit Tehran after the new president assumes office if the trip takes place [Xinhua]

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran next month, reports Russia’s Kommersant newspaper, citing sources close to the Iranian government.

The Russian president is likely to discuss Tehran’s nuclear programme with the country’s new President Hassan Rouhani who is due to assume office on August 3.

The Kremlin is yet to confirm the information. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying “We have a lot of visits being prepared now. But I cannot confirm the information yet.”

President Putin will become the very first leader to visit Tehran after the new president assumes office if the trip takes place.

Moscow hopes Rouhani will provide some understanding and clarity on whether the government is ready to abide by the international community’s requirements on nuclear talks.

S-300 air defence systems are also likely to be discussed between the two sides.

Former President Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the delivery of anti-ballistic missiles and anti-aircraft systems to Iran, with Tehran subsequently filing a lawsuit against Russia demanding compensation of $4 billion.

To avoid further conflict Moscow suggested a replacement missile system (Antey 2500). However, Tehran are yet to respond.

President Putin last visited Tehran in 2007.

By Daria Chernyshova in Moscow, Russia for The BRICS POST, with inputs from Agencies

One Response to Putin to visit Iran for nuclear talks

  1. Change Iran Now Reply

    July 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    The US and West have made a whole slew of proposals ranging from dropping the entire nuclear program to buying its fuel rods from Russia. Each time Iran has stalled to gain time. What counts is backing up proposals with action which is where Iran is right now. Almost a decade of extensive talks has already staked out all the possible outcomes and countermoves. It’s just a question of what Iran is willing to give up in exchange for something else. Rouhani knows this intimately since he led nuclear negotiations before. The stumbling block is that all final decisions lie with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei which is why we are all stuck at this moment since the US knows nothing will happen unless he gives the okay so any counter offers are largely futile until we get a clear message that he at last is willing to compromise. It’s just a question of what exactly he’s looking for. At the end of the day we shouldn’t be placing all our faith in Rouhani since he’s largely irrelevant to the process at this stage.

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