Russia disagrees with Trump’s views on Iran

MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday it did not agree with US President Donald Trump’s assessment of Iran and a Russian diplomat said any US attempt to reopen an Iran nuclear deal would inflame tensions in the Middle East.
Trump and Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, have made clear they want to try to mend US-Russia ties, which have slid to a post-Cold War low in recent years.
But starkly different approaches to Iran, as set out by a raft of top Russian officials on Monday, could complicate any rapprochement.
Their comments also suggest that a policy idea Trump and his aides are reported to be considering — to try to drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran — may be a non-starter.
Trump told Fox News in an interview aired at the weekend that Iran had “total disregard” for the United States.
He spoke out after his administration put the Islamic Republic “on notice” following an Iranian ballistic missile test and imposed new economic sanctions last Friday. — Reuters
Two sources said last week the Trump administration was now exploring how to renegotiate key terms of the 2015 accord between Tehran and six world powers, under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme.
But several top officials in Russia, which has worked closely with Iran on Syria, signalled on Monday that they fundamentally disagreed with Trump’s approach to Tehran.
“Russia has friendly partner-like relations with Iran, we cooperate on a wide range of issues, value our trade ties, and hope to develop them further,” said Peskov.
“It’s no secret for anyone that Moscow and Washington hold diametrically opposed views on many international issues,” he added, saying that should not hinder a rapprochement.
Russia’s Ambassador to Iran, Levan Djagaryan, said Moscow was concerned by escalating rhetoric between the United States and Iran, while Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said Washington’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iran was a source of regret.