The Russian president will host his Iranian counterpart next week for talks, according to a Russian state television channel.

Iran PressEurope: President Vladimir Putin will host his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help in Vienna talks to remove the US sanctions against Iran, state television channel Rossiya-1 reported on Sunday.

Rossiya-1 did not disclose when precisely the meeting between the two leaders would take place, nor the issues they would discuss.

Russia is taking part in the Vienna talks to remove the US sanctions against Iran following the previous US administration's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in violation of international law.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that progress had been made in the talks to revive the deal.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany – have been holding talks in the Austrian capital since April last year. The focus of the talks has been on the removal of all sanctions that the United States re-imposed on Iran following its withdrawal from the deal.


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