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Putin envoy: US new sanctions makes it more isolated

Moscow, Aug 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said Washington's move to impose fresh sanctions on Iran and Russia will make the United States more isolated.

Bogdanov made the remarks on Tuesday in a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari.

As two powerful allies in the region, Tehran and Moscow will maintain constructive cooperation to bring about stability in the region, the Russian official said.

Russia believes that US sanctions are illegal and out of the framework of international criteria, Bogdanov added.

The meeting between Jaberi Ansari and the Russian deputy foreign minister was aimed at holding talks on recent developments in the region, reviewing Syrian crisis and making coordination between Iran and Russia.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the situation in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan region, Palestine, the Qatari crisis and other international and regional issues.

Efforts and initiatives by Iran, Russia and Turkey in Syrian-Syrian talks which is held in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, have so far led to establishing comprehensive ceasefire and de-escalation zones in Syria. Latest developments with these regards will be discussed by Iranian and Russian officials.

The visiting Iranian official will also hold meetings with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin and some other officials of the Russian research centers and Syria's political officials.

Iran, Russia and Turkey in the fourth round of Astana talks on May 5 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for establishing de-escalation zones in some parts of Syria's Idlib, Homs, Eastern Ghouta, Dara'a, and Quneitra, aimed at easing conflicts.

The next round of Astana talks is scheduled for late August.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency


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