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Iran leader invited to Moscow for talks

Posted by alanmirs on October 17, 2007

Iran leader invited to Moscow for talks

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007 

Published: October 16 2007 08:40 | Last updated: October 16 2007 23:06

Vladimir Putin was on Tuesday night reported to have invited his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, to talks in Moscow in a move that could increase tensions between Russia and the US

Tass, the Russian news agency, quoted a statement from the two leaders as saying: “[Mr] Ahmadi-Nejad accepted the invitation with gratitude.” No date was set for the meeting

The announcement came after the two men held talks in Tehran after a Caspian Sea summit dominated by international concern over Iran’s nuclear programme

Mr Putin, the first Russian or Soviet leader to visit Iran since Stalin’s wartime summit with Churchill and Roosevelt in 1943, agreed with other ­Caspian Sea states to endorse “peaceful” nuclear activities in the region and made clear Moscow’s opposition to military action against Iran

He joined the leaders of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, as well as Iran, in agreeing not to allow their territories to be used for an attack on any member of the Caspian group – an indirect reference to the US




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