June 23, 2022 - 11:13 AMT
Russia's Lavrov in Iran to discuss co-operation and nuclear deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for co-operation among countries facing western sanctions during a visit to Iran, The National reports.

Lavrov held a meeting with Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi after arriving in Tehran on Wednesday and is scheduled to hold talks with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Thursday, Iranian state media reported.

Besides increasing bilateral and energy co-operation, Lavrov is expected to discuss Iran's 2015 nuclear deal and international and regional issues.

Russia's foreign ministry posted a clip of Lavrov's opening remarks in his meeting with Raisi, in which he said Moscow was adapting to what he called the West's aggressive policies.

"In all the countries experiencing the negative influence of the selfish line taken by the United States and its satellites, there arises the objective need to reconfigure their economic relations so they can avoid relying on the whims and vagaries of our Western partners," Lavrov said.

Iranian state TV showed Lavrov meeting Raisi, but gave no details.

Lavrov will travel to Azerbaijan next.