Russian FM and his Iranian counterpart hold joint press conference in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks in Moscow, Sputnik reported.

They discussed discuss the main regional and international topics, including Tehran's nuclear program and possible restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal, as well as the current situation in the Persian Gulf, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Lavrov describes Tehran-Moscow relations as friendly in the joint press conference with Zarif, saying, "We will cooperate in all areas."

"We talked with FM Zarif about plans to build new units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant," he added.

"Russia hopes that the United States will return to the JCPOA and that this will be a condition for Iran to implement the JCPOA," Lavrov noted.

Russian foreign minister highlighted, "Moscow will continue its efforts to ensure that Iran and the United States fully comply with their obligations to the JCPOA in the near future."

"Russia-Iran relations are independent of US desires to impose illegal sanctions," he said.

"The Trump administration encouraged other countries to violate their obligations under the JCPOA," Lavrov added.

He highlighted that Russia will work with other countries to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Lavrov stated that the next meeting of the "Astana" process on Syria is scheduled for February in Sochi.

Lavrov further called the salvation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) issue one of the most acute topics on the agenda, saying that Moscow and Tehran are both interested in the complete restoration of the Iran nuclear deal.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Moscow for the second destination of his trip to the region today, met and held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Last week, Zarif called on new US President Joe Biden to cancel all American sanctions against Tehran, as the White House supported the idea of returning to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

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