Putin critical of US exit from Iran deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

Speaking during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Qingdao on Sunday, Putin emphasised that the bloc members are worried about the US move. The bloc includes China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.

Putin says Washington’s decision to exit the agreement could “destabilise the situation” in the region.

He adds Moscow will continue to honour its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

Last month, President Donald Trump pulled out of former President Barack Obama’s landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations.

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