24 May 2018 23:24

Putin following talks with Macron: We discussed situation after Washington's withdrawal from JCPOA

ST. PETERSBURG. May 24 (Interfax) - The leaders of Russia and France have discussed the situation surrounding the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We have exchanged views on the situation that resulted from the unilateral acts on the withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] on the Iranian nuclear deal," Putin said at a press briefing following his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Regarding the Syria situation, Putin said: "We have admitted that it is necessary to further facilitate lasting political settlement, particularly taking into account the recommendations adopted by the Syrian national Dialogue Congress."

"Russia will continue working with the government and the opposition in Syria within the framework of the Astana process: this format has proved its relevance and brings a sizable result," Putin said.

Contacts with the so-called minor group are established now, Putin went on. "Naturally, we are based on the notion that it is necessary to observe the principle of respect for sovereignty. Mr. President and I have agreed on how we will go along the path toward coupling our efforts," Putin said.

"As a priority task, we are seeing the forming and launching of the constitutional committee in Geneva," Putin said. "We have welcomed the decision of Damascus to send its representatives to this body," Putin added.