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US exit from nuclear deal driving Russia, Iran closer

Moscow and Tehran are willing to tackle multiple challenges to improve their business dealings despite US sanctions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov invites his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to have a seat during their meeting in Moscow, Russia May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RC1CB134A5F0

Russia appears to be taking a long-haul approach to economic relations with Iran, one based on patience and building a solid base for cooperation.

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow on May 14, his goal was to discuss the future of the Iranian nuclear deal with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. The men also used the meeting to discuss the wider agenda of their countries’ bilateral relations, but above all, Zarif confirmed that they seriously intend to continue economic cooperation despite new US sanctions.

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