Putin to Netanyahu: P5+1 Deal Guarantees Peace in Iran Nuclear Program

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Vladimir Putin told Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran deal established effective safeguards of the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in a Thursday phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of international negotiators, reached earlier in July, contains guarantees of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, the Kremlin press service said.

On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising China, France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, reached an agreement to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions against the country. Under the deal, Tehran pledged to never attempt to acquire nuclear weaponry.

Israel, however, has long opposed the negotiations with Iran, stating that any concessions to Tehran threaten regional security.

“Putin has stressed that the agreements that have been reached… establish effective safeguards of exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program,” the Kremlin statement reads.

According to the document, Putin also expressed certainty that the successful implementation of the deal’s Joint Plan of Action will “strengthen the regime of nuclear nonproliferation and have a positive impact on security and stability of the Middle East region.”

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 Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu also discussed the importance of joint efforts in combating Islamic State militants.

The phone conversation was initiated by the Israeli side, the press service specified.

“The President of Russia stressed the need for joint efforts by all parties concerned to combat the threats from the Islamic State terrorist group,” the statement said.

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The leaders also discussed matters concerning the Middle East and agreed to further develop bilateral relations.

ISIL is a violent fundamentalist organization that has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria, committing many human rights atrocities. A US-led coalition of more than 60 countries has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL positions since August 2014.

Russia has deemed the efforts of the international coalition to be “inefficient.”

The two leaders agreed to continue their bilateral contact.

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