Putin lauds Iran as key strategic partner and great neighbor

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The meeting came hours before a Tehran-hosted summit between presidents of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan to discuss trilateral and regional issues, including the Syrian crisis.

President Putin of Russia and President Aliyev of Azerbaijan both arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to attend the trilateral meeting of Presidents of Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan. "The failure of USA -backed terrorists in Syria can not be denied but Americans continue their plots", Khamenei told Putin, according to Iranian state television.

Thereafter Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan trilateral summit will kick off in the Iranian capital. Our cooperation can isolate the United States.

Putin and the Iranian leadership are also set to find common cause in their fierce opposition to Trump's stance on the 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. Thereafter, the Russian-Iranian high level talks will continue with the participation of the delegations of the two countries.

Both Tehran and Moscow now support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are fighting together against the Islamic State terrorist group.

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The US leader's decision not to certify the deal has been opposed by the other worldwide powers that signed off on it as they insist the agreement is working. "But the issues of economic nature are at the forefront, of course", Putin said. "This cooperation will restore stability in the region", Khamenei said during his meeting with Putin, according to state television.

Russian Federation has criticized Trump's disavowal of the nuclear agreement, which has opened a 60-day window for the U.S. Congress to act to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran.

"This is a very important visit [by Putin]. Tehran has no other choice but to rely on Moscow to ease the USA pressure", said the official.

President Ilham Aliyev also for his part said while he is in Iran he feels that he is in his own home.

The deal appeared to dovetail with Putin's strategy to reassert Russian political and economic influence in the Middle East that faded after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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