USA pullout from Iran nuclear deal raises threats for Israel, warns Putin

Casey Dawson
May 27, 2018

The agreement was signed during the ongoing St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPEIF) from May 24 - 26 at St. Petersburg, Russia.

"I think that Macron and Putin could get on very well", Russia's former ambassador in France Alexandre Orlov, who took part in the first meeting in France past year, told AFP.

Europe and Moscow are currently on a diplomatic offensive to save the landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, now under threat after the recent USA withdrawal - a rare point of agreement between Russia and European Union countries, which have seen relations worsen in recent years over crises in Ukraine and Syria, as well as accusations of Moscow's meddling in foreign elections and the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain.

Macron is seeking "a serious dialogue.to try to find common ground", an aide told reporters last week.

Trump's promises during the 2016 campaign to take a more diplomatic approach toward Russian Federation have been complicated in part by the main Russian Federation probe being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and inquiries into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid overshadowing Trump's comments Thursday.

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Putin previously served as president, but did not relinquish power when he left.

"We need to be talking about the situation after the war".

"When points of view coincide, it can only mean that the countries edge at least a bit closer to each other", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said earlier this month.

SPIEF, held annually in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg, is a major global platform for communication between business representatives and the discussion of crucial economic issues.

Bilateral relations "are developing despite all the current complications". But both men want to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal. "He fulfilled his campaign promises and in that sense he might have won in terms of domestic politics", Putin said.

"Certainly we can discuss Iran's ballistic missiles".

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