Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia looks forward to “peaceful” nuclear cooperation with Iran following the signing of today’s accord.
“Iran gets the opportunity to develop this program, including uranium enrichment, under IAEA control and with the gradual lifting of sanctions imposed against Tehran, something we have long called for,” Putin says in a statement posted on the Kremlin website.
“We are certain that the world heaved a sigh of relief today,” he adds.
Putin says that Russia will do everything in its power to ensure that the Middle East remain free of weapons of mass destruction.
“The Russian negotiating team and nuclear experts have made a significant expert contribution to the drafting of the comprehensive arrangements, which made it possible to align the different, often opposing views,” Putin says, adding that he looks forward to “large-scale plans of peaceful nuclear cooperation between Russia and Iran.”
“Our bilateral relations with Iran will receive a new impetus and will no longer be influenced by external factors,” he concludes.