Putin, Erdogan agree to coordinate steps on Iranian nuclear deal


Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal is of fundamental importance for worldwide and regional security and the global non-proliferation regime.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party and its allies will win a majority in the June 24 snap elections that would enable Ankara to switch to an executive presidency, the results of a new poll show. "It was stressed that the JCPOA is of utmost importance for worldwide and regional security and also for the global non-proliferation", the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Turkish and Iranian leaders also discussed improving bilateral economic relations, the sources said. "Confirmed the commitment of Russian Federation and Turkey to further cooperation with other members of the action Plan and to coordinate steps in this context", - quotes the message "Interfax".

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The two presidents lashed out President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Iran's nuclear agreement (JCPOA) during a telephone conversation in which they stating the ignorance of his decision and insisted the deal should have been "safeguarded".

"Europe, and in particular the five countries negotiating with Iran, should clearly define their actions and stances to compensate for the withdrawal of the United States in the short time that is left", Rouhani said, as quoted by the presidential press service.

After long negotiations, Iran agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing worldwide sanctions.

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On Tuesday, Trump announced he would be reimposing sanctions on Iran, which Iran pointed out are illegal and against United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Earlier, Erdogan described the U.S. decision as a mistake, adding that Ankara would never accept it.

Acting ahead of a May 12 deadline, Trump opted not to extend sanctions relief on Iran, re-imposing nuclear-related economic penalties on the Islamic republic.

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