Putin says Iran should be committed to nuclear deal

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Tehran should honor its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday ahead of his visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

"My opinion is that Iran should better be committed to the letter and spirit of this deal," the Russian president said.

Iran and Saudi Arabia don’t need any mediation for dialogue - Putin

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Tehran and Riyadh don’t need any mediation in the issues concerning bilateral relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday.

"The role of mediator is not a rewarding one. I believe that our partners in Iran and Saudi Arabia do not need any mediation," Putin said in the interview answering a question whether Moscow could become a mediator at talks between Tehran and Riyadh.

It’s time to bring Syria back to Arab League, Putin says

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that it’s time to return Syria to the Arab family, the League of Arab States, he said in his interview with RT Arabic, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia TV channels on Sunday.

"It is time to get Syria back into the Arab family, to re-instate it in the Arab League," the Russian leader said. Putin recalled that Syria was Russia’s friendly state in the Arab world. He also stressed that the Middle East was not in a state of stability.

US using financial levers to undermine UN’s work, Russian foreign ministry says

MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/: Washington is trying to stonewall the United Nations’ work not only by creating visa hurdles for delegations’ members but also by ignoring its commitments on contributions to the organization’s budget, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

All Illegal Foreign Troops Must Leave Syria: Putin

MOSCOW, Oct 13 (NNN-TASS) – All foreign military forces, illegally stationed in Syria, must withdraw from the country, Russian President, Vladimir Putin said, in an interview, published on Saturday.

“All forces deployed illegitimately inside any sovereign state – in this case Syria – must leave,” Putin told Russian news channel RT, British Sky News and Saudi-funded channel, Al-Arabiya.

Russia will pull its troops out of Syria as well, if Damascus does not need Moscow’s help anymore, Putin was quoted by RT as saying.

Putin calls on countries to respect Iran’s interests

MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/: All countries should take Tehran’s interests into account, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia and RT.

"A big power like Iran, which has been there for centuries, will surely have its own interests that need to be respected," he said.

Two Russians killed in An-72 crash in Africa were pilots - embassy

MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/: Two Russian nationals killed in an Antonov An-72 aircraft crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were pilots, Spokesperson for the Russian embassy in the country Natalya Kononova told TASS.

According to her, the bodies haven’t been found yet as the plane crashed in a hard-to-reach area.

The aircraft, en route from the city of Goma to Kinshasa, crashed on Friday. There were four crew members, several military officers and civilians onboard, including DRC presidential administration personnel.

Attacks on tankers, oil facilities won’t damage OPEC+ cooperation - Putin

MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/: Attacks on tankers and oil facilities in the Persian Gulf region won’t damage cooperation between Russia and Arab countries, particularly under the OPEC+ deal, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia and RT.

"If someone thinks that actions such as tanker detentions and attacks on oil facilities will somehow influence Russia’s cooperation with our Arab friends, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or damage OPEC+ cooperation, they are wrong," Putin pointed out.

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