China (AP) – The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin On Sunday, he criticized the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran in a speech during a regional summit in China.
Speaking at the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Qingdao, Putin stressed that the members of the bloc are worried about the US decision . The agency consists of China, Russia and four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -, India and Pakistan.
Washington’s decision to abandon the pact could ” destabilize the situation “In the region, Putin explained, adding that Moscow will continue to fulfill its obligations under the agreement with Tehran.
Last month, president Donald Trump he abandoned the historic pact forged by his predecessor, Barack Obama in 2015, despite the objections of its European allies and other nations.
On the other hand, Putin said he is happy to meet with Trump when Washington is ready to hold the summit. The president added that an exhaustive discussion will be needed to address the issue, but noted that some countries, including Austria, offered to host the possible meeting.
In his speech at the summit, Iranian President Hasan Ruhani, whose country has observer status in the SCO, said that the Islamic Republic expects the other signatories to provide guarantees that they will comply with the agreement.
Founded in 2001, the SCO, based in Beijing, has served primarily as a vehicle to resolve border disputes, combat terrorism and, more implicitly, limit the influence of the United States in Central Asia after the invasion of Afghanistan.