Iran, Russia discuss bilateral, parliamentary ties

Moscow, Oct 13, IRNA – Iran Majlis (Parliament) speaker Ali Larijani in meetings on Friday with two senior Russian officials reviewed bilateral and parliamentary relations.

Larijani, who is in S.Petersburg, Russia, to attend an international meeting of world parliaments, met Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin and Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko.

Russian News Agency Tass quoted Larijani as saying, 'US actions on the Iranian nuclear deal and the sanctions policy against Iran and Russia may cause chaos in the international relations.'

'They seem to have begun certain movements, which in the long run will cause a lack of order on the international arena.'

'The proof of that are the sanctions, which they have announced against Iran and against Russia, as well as the measures they recently began undertaking in relation to the nuclear deal with Iran.'

'If the US fails agreements on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, nothing will remain from the deal. 'Over recent months, the US has been violating the nuclear agreements.'

'We would like to thank Russia for its position, as well as (Foreign Minister) Sergei Lavrov, who participated in the 5+1 meeting in New York,' said Larijani.

'To this day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed seven times Iran’s adherence to its obligations under JCPOA,' Larijani continued. 'We had huge expenses to achieve the agreement, and they - what - have they expected us to suffer expenses and then not use the agreements?, Tass quoted Larijani as saying.

Meanwhile, Volodin pointed to Larijani's remarks as indicating world conditions and said using sanctions as a tool to put pressure is ineffective.

He said that Russia is against dual standards and accepts Iran's concerns over nuclear issues.

The five-day long meeting of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is slated to be held with the attendance of over 150 parliamentary delegations on Saturday.

Over 100 parliament speakers and some 70 vice speakers accompanied by delegations are participating in the event.

Promoting parliamentary cooperation in the international scene, fighting terrorism, countering security challenges faced by the countries and discussing economic and financial issues, human rights and democracy are on the agenda of the IPU meeting.

The IPU is the international organization of world parliaments. It was established in 1989.

It is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

Translator: Ali Izadi

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