New Delhi, Oct 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the impact of the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear programme and agreed to work to boost security and cooperation in Asia.
"We discussed the situation stemming from the United States’ unilateral move to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran’s nuclear programme," said the Russian leader.
In 2015, Iran and six major powers (Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China and Germany) agreed on the final JCPOA, which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear programme.
In May this year, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
The first batch of new US sanctions on Iran took effect on August 7.
In the wake of Trump’s decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran would not abandon the JCPOA and would continue to comply with its obligations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia would seek to maintain the agreement despite US plans to resume sanctions against Iran.
Washington is pushing countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero once the sanctions start on November 4.
India, Iran's second-biggest oil client behind China, has has already reduced its intake of Iranian oil but has not yet decided whether to end purchases completely.
While discussing international affairs, Putin said, "Russia and India confirmed that their positions on key global issues were either converging or similar. Accordingly, a decision was made to boost cooperation on multilateral platforms, including the United Nations, BRICS, the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization] and the G20."
He said that Moscow and New Delhi "will work closely together to boost security and cooperation in Asia and fight modern threats and challenges such as international terrorism, drug trafficking and cross-border crime."
"In this regard, we touched upon issues related to the reconstruction of Afghanistan’s economy and ensure its stable political development, and also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East," TASS quoted Putin as saying.
Putin also said that he had informed Modi "about the situation in Syria." (UNI)