Russia’s Putin to Meet Iran’s President-Elect in September
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Russian and Iranian media reported last week that the Russian president would go to Iran in August for talks with Hassan Rouhani on Tehran's nuclear program.
But Ambassador Sayyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told a news conference that these reports were false, and that Putin's first talks with Rouhani would be on the sidelines of a summit of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on September 13.
World powers hope Iran's relatively moderate new leader will comply with demands for Tehran to scale back nuclear work which they suspect is aimed at enabling it to make bombs.
The last high-level talks between Iran and world powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - were in Kazakhstan in April. They failed to break the deadlock.
Western diplomats say the world powers will have to wait for a new government to be formed in Iran before they can discuss a date for a new round of talks.
"Clearly, let the new Iranian government settle in well. There will be a new government formed. But we are ready for talks anyway," Sajjadi said.
Sajjadi denied reports that Tehran and Moscow had been discussing the possibility of Russia providing Iran with Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missiles, to replace deliveries of S-300 missiles that were frozen by Moscow after international sanctions were placed on Iran.
But he said any proposal for such a deal by Moscow could become part of negotiations on how to settle the S-300 issue.