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Putin Says Moscow Won’t Act As A ‘Fireman’ As Tension Escalates Between Washington and Tehran

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Putin said Iran has continued to fulfill its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal

President Vladimir Putin warned Washington that Russia is not ‘a fire brigade’ and could not ‘rescue everything’ as tension rise between the US and Iran. Russia has been acting as mediator in number of recent conflicts, including the coup attempt in Venezuela.

Tensions have sharply escalated between arch-rivals Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump withdrew last year from the Iran nuclear deal which removed sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Putin spoke to reporters after hosting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday for the highest-level bilateral talks in nearly a year.

Tensions are increasing in the Gulf after the MV Al Marzoqah oil tanker under Saudi Arabian flag was allegedly attacked on May 12, 2019 outside Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates
Tensions are increasing in the Gulf after the MV Al Marzoqah oil tanker under Saudi Arabian flag was allegedly attacked on May 12, 2019 outside Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates

‘We regret that the deal is falling apart,’ Putin said following talks with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen on Wednesday.

‘After the signing of the agreement Iran was and still is the world’s most verifiable and transparent country in this sense.’

‘Iran is fulfilling all of its obligations,’ said Putin, citing the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He urged Iran not to quit the 2015 agreement but also added there was only so much Moscow could do.

Putin also said that after Washington’s withdrawal Europe could do ‘nothing’ to salvage the deal.

Earlier Wednesday Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed concern that tensions over Iran escalated despite assurances from Pompeo that Washington was not seeking war.

Washington has accused Iran of planning ‘imminent’ attacks in the region and on Wednesday, the US ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and consulate in Arbil.

The US on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, ramping up alarm over an alleged Iran threat even as allies appeared less than convinced.

Moscow expressed concerns that both Washington and Tehran were dangerously stoking tensions, as the Pentagon ramped up its forces in the Gulf with B-52 bombers, Patriot missiles and an aircraft carrier task force.

The embassy evacuation came 10 days after Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton announced the military deployment in response to intelligence on an unspecified ‘imminent’ plot by Iran to attack US forces or allies.

DailyMail contributed to this report.

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