The last US-Russia strategic nuclear arms control pact appeared on track to win a one-year extension, as Washington on Tuesday welcomed a proposal by Moscow for such an extension if both sides freeze all nuclear warhead deployments for that period.
Russia blasted the United States for adopting yet another “wrong approach” in the wake of new Iran-related sanctions targeting Chinese companies, stressing that Moscow will keep up its business ties with Tehran despite such bans.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Sunday that Moscow’s cooperation in the military-technical sphere will proceed with Tehran after a United Nations arms embargo on Iran expired on Sunday.
Russia is unlikely to participate in the Moon-orbiting station planned by the United States, a Russian official said, marking the probable end of the type of close cooperation seen for two decades on the International Space Station (ISS).
Iran’s President’s chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi in a tweeted message on Monday said Iran welcomes Russia's efforts to mediate and bring about a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Armenia and Azerbaijan on Friday held their first high-level talks after nearly two weeks of clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with hopes rising that a cease-fire could be brokered in Moscow.