TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy Alexander Lavrentiev held talks with Iranian Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Iravani about a range of issues, including a recent summit between Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump.

During the meeting in Tehran on Thursday, Lavrentiev briefed Iravani on the issues discussed at the recent Trump-Putin summit in Finland’s capital of Helsinki.  

He further said the Russian president regards the US’s unilateral sanctions on Iran as a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Lavrentiev added that Putin, in his talks with Trump, has denounced Washington’s unilateral move to re-impose sanctions on Tehran as harmful and unconstructive.

Iravani, for his part, expressed his gratitude for the Russian president’s move to promptly dispatch his special envoy to Iran after the summit and described it as a clear sign of the two countries’ commitment to strategic cooperation.  

“The principled and firm stance of the Russian president on the US’s unilateralism and non-commitment reflects Russia’s commitment to international norms…,” he added.

On July 16, Trump and Putin had a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki that lasted more than 90 minutes.

Ahead of the meeting, Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, visited Moscow and held talks with Putin.

Iran and Russia have formed a strong alliance in recent years, with both supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s legitimate government against foreign-backed militancy.

They have also enhanced trade and banking ties since the JCPOA came into force in January 2016.

In January 2017, Iran and Russia held a conference in Tehran to mark 515 years of bilateral relations. In a message to the conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for diversification of relations between the two countries, which he said will contribute to peace and stability in Central Asia and the Middle East.