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March 14, 2014 11:09 am

Russia’s Putin, Iran’s Rouhani Enjoy Telephone Call on Cooperation

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Russian President Valdimir Putin speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone. Photo: Screenshot / PressTV.

Russian President Valdimir Putin speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone. Photo: Screenshot / PressTV.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said on Friday that Russian President Valdimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on the telephone on Thursday about “bolstering and reinvigorating of the two states’ bilateral ties and cooperation in various spheres.” Their conversation was also a lead story on Iran’s PressTV, the regime’s semi-official state television channel.

Unlike with Putin’s telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, the military situation in Ukraine and the Crimea was not on the official agenda, according to Fars.

Fars said Putin “referred to the positive and constructive role played by Iran in the nuclear negotiations with the six world powers,” and quoted him as saying, “We do all our best so that the Iranian nuclear issue would lead to positive a final result.”

Putin also invited Rouhani to take part in the Caspian Sea Littoral Countriesˈ Summit, scheduled to be held in Astrakhan, in September.

Fars said Rouhani “praised Russia for its positive role in the nuclear negotiations within the Iran-powersˈ talks” as one of the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, and said to Putin, “We will spend all-out efforts aimed at further development of economic cooperation between the two countries.”

“We should adopt measures to implement the already signed agreements as soon as possible and move through that phase into a phase of more important moves in the two counties’ relations,” Rouhani said.

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  • Mihail Gershkovich

    The main Question for me is: why doesn’t Israel also help Iran? If they help Iran with Nuclear power, we would be the first one to prevent the creation of an nuclear bomb there! We would contribute to the Peace in the world! And could collaborate with Russia.
    The Role of Israel in the Development of Arabic States should be reinvented, and the relation with Russia should also be changed.
    If we want peace, if we want Israel as it is now, we must seek support elsewhere and not in western countries, which were not able to manage it until now!!!
    We need a new non-hegemonic international policy model. We need a cooperative one.

  • I like the idea of Russia and Iran strenthening ties in all respects. I think Russia is now doing what should have happened long ago. Iran needed support against sanctions throughout the many years, especially from Russia, but for some reason Russia did not want to be openly antagonistic towards the US. Now that Russia is facing what Iran has been experiancing all the years, Russia realises she needs support, and from who else than Iran? At the same time it will do Iran also good to form partnerships with Russia and all other countries friendly towards Russia. That should slam the breaks on the evil plans of the US and its blind followers.