Putin, Merkel discuss Iran nuclear deal
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed over the phone the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Kremlin said on Friday.
The two leaders stressed the need to save the deal, said a statement published on the Kremlin’s official website.
“The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States was discussed. The fundamental importance of maintaining the JCPOA from the point of view of international and regional security was stressed,” it said, using the formal name for the Iran deal.
On May 8, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Merkel also told Putin about her Thursday meeting with French President Macron and Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko on solving the Ukrainian crisis. Putin and Merkel then exchanged views on sending UN peacekeepers to Donbas, a troubled region in eastern Ukraine, bordering Russia.
Earlier on Thursday, German Chancellor proposed new talks with Iran on these disputed issues, in a phone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
Her spokesman said in a statement: “The Chancellor spoke in favor of holding talks in an extended format with the states involved and Iran on its ballistic missiles program and activities in the region, such as those in Syria and Yemen.” (AA)