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Zarif to Visit Moscow on September 24

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MOSCOW (TASS) — The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is due to pay a visit to Moscow, are scheduled for September 24, Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan and director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s second Asia department, Zamir Kabulov, told TASS on Monday.

“Yes, on September 24”, Kabulov said. “The talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be held.”

According to Kabulov, the sides are planning to discuss “bilateral relations, regional issues and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

The very last time Zarif went to Moscow was on July 21.

Reuters reported earlier, citing a senior US official, that

[…] the United States on September 21 will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional weapons programs […] An important part of the new US sanctions is an executive order targeting those who buy or sell Iran conventional arms that will also be unveiled by the Trump administration on September 21, the official said.

Meantime, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Monday that Moscow has no fear of potential US sanctions over arms deals with Iran. “We are not afraid of US sanctions, we are used to them”, he pointed out in response to a TASS question. “It will not affect our policy in any way. Our cooperation with Iran is multifaceted, defence cooperation will progress depending on the two countries’ needs and mutual willingness”, Ryabkov added, emphasizing “That said, another executive order will not change our approach”.

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