Kremlin: Putin and Erdogan agree to coordinate steps on Iranian nuclear deal
The presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdgan, agreed in a phone conversation yesterday to coordinate their further steps regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin press service said.
"The situation, linked to United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA on Iran’s nuclear program, was discussed. It was stressed that the JCPOA is of utmost importance for international and regional security and also for the global non-proliferation," the Kremlin said in a statement.
The sides also confirmed "Russia and Turkey’s determination for further cooperation with other participants of the Plan of Action and for coordination of measures in this context," TASS cited the statement as saying.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal as it provides Iran with possibilities of creating a nuclear bomb bypassing all currently in force restrictions under the agreement and added that another deal should be signed with Iran.
He also promised to reintroduce sanctions linked to Iran’s nuclear program and even impose new ones. He also stated that the US is ready to sign a new agreement instead of the JCPOA, but set de-facto impossible conditions for Iran. The UK, Germany and France stated that they would continue to fulfill the agreement.