Iran FM in Moscow as Russian Federation moves to save nuclear deal

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Iran's foreign minister will travel to Moscow on May 14 and meet his Russian counterpart, the RIA news agency reported on Friday citing Zamir Kabulov, a Russian foreign ministry official.

Russia and Iran have agreed to continue to coordinate their actions regarding the deal, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Netanyahu's office told Putin in a statement that "it is the right of every state - certainly the right of Israel - to take the necessary steps in order to protect itself from (Iranian) aggression", referring to Iran's presence in Syria. Moscow, he said, could use its influence on Tehran to that end.

Speaking to the newspaper "BILD", justice minister Maas recently cautioned in a similar fashion that he saw "no easy solution" to excluding German firms from the economic fallout of US punitive measures aimed at Iran.

Maas said Germany was seeking more details from the United States about fresh sanctions Washington was considering.

He said he told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that if he doesn't exempt the French companies, he should consider a so-called grandfather clause for deals struck in Iran since 2015 or an extension of the 90-day period the Treasury Department has set to wind down operations in Iran.

Trump's withdrawal from the deal has imperiled not only the accord, but the threat of sanctions could trickle down to European companies doing business with Iran.

The pair will be joined by German foreign minister Heiko Maas in Brussels at a meeting hosted by the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Commenting on the USA withdrawal from the deal, Merkel said that European countries can no longer rely on the U.S. "to protect it", adding that "Europe must take its destiny into its own hands".

The European ministers also brought up in the talks their concerns over Iran's ballistic missile program and regional activities, diplomats said.

The European Union exported almost -11 billion ($13 billion) in goods to Iran in 2017, a 66% increase from 2015.

"Do we accept extraterritorial sanctions?"

This last part is the repetition of a lie which Iran has been telling for more than a decade.

German exports to Iran totalled almost 3 billion euros in 2017, while French exports soared from 562 million euros in 2015 to 1.5 billion in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field.

The 2015 deal between major world powers and Iran meant that crippling global sanctions would be lifted in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit its nuclear program. Now, avoiding punitive actions would be even easier, the Washington Post wrote on Friday. "The US has systematically forced Iran to turn more towards Russian Federation and China".

"The Europeans have repeated on several occasions that they will not be able to resist USA sanctions".

"Rather than trading in U.S. dollars, China and Europe could use their own currencies, for example".

Chinese entities could also act as intermediaries for European companies that want to continue trading.

Donald Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement has caused serious damage to relations between the United States and Germany in the long-run, the top diplomat stated.

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