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July 12, 2018 10:23 am

Russia’s Putin Hosts Moscow Meeting With Top Iranian Official

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ali Akbar Velayati during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 12, 2018. Photo: Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin via Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday in Moscow, RIA news agency reported, without providing any details.

Velayati hailed Iran’s ties with Russia on Wednesday as “strategic” and said he would deliver messages to Putin from Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

His visit comes as Iran braces for renewed US economic sanctions.

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