Putin satisfied with trilateral summit of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan

The meeting came hours before a Tehran-hosted summit between presidents of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan to discuss trilateral and regional issues, including the Syrian crisis.

Within the framework of the meeting, the presidents are expected to hold bilateral meetings as well.

"During my stay in Tehran, I would like to discuss the current situation in Syria, as well as the areas for further military and technical cooperation between Iran and Russia", Gerasimov said. Our cooperation can isolate America.

Moscow is now trying to build on that success with a new diplomatic initiative, including a congress of Syria's rival parties it plans in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on November 18, though a major opposition bloc has refused to take part.

"In our relations with Iran, we are absolutely resolute and will not allow anyone to interfere in the relations between the two countries and disrupt them", underlined Aliyev.

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"During the exchange of views on pressing global and regional issues, special attention will be paid to coordination of joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime", the press service said. Trump has threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal, unless its alleged flaws, including what he calls its failure to contain Iran's missile and regional activities, are removed.

Putin will also have a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. These were lifted under the 2015 accord in return for Tehran curbing nuclear activity of potential use in developing an atomic bomb. "It shows the determination of Tehran and Moscow to deepen their strategic alliance., which will shape the future of the Middle East", an Iranian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Iran has expressed a desire to show that USA approval is not needed for regional cooperation.

President Ilham Aliyev also for his part said while he is in Iran he feels that he is in his own home.

  • Adam Floyd