Putin and Rouhani to Meet Next Week

Russian President and Iranian counterpart to meet in Russia's city of Ufa as nuclear talks conclude.

Ben Ariel ,

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plan to meet in Russia's city of Ufa next week, a Kremlin spokesman said Thursday, according to Reuters.

"Yes, (the meeting is) expected and we really prepare such (a) meeting," the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, was quoted as having told reporters.

Russia holds the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in the city of Ufa on July 9. Iran is an observer to the organization.

Putin made headlines with regards to Iran in April, when he signed a decree lifting a ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to Iran.

Russia cancelled a contract to deliver the missile system to Iran in 2010, under pressure from the West following UN sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Putin explained that his decision was motivated by Iran's drive to find a solution in talks over its nuclear program.

Washington has voiced concern over the deal, but Iran hailed the decision as a step towards "lasting security" in the region.

Tehran has previously said the missiles would be delivered by the end of the year, but Russia has denied this and said the delivery of the system “is not a matter of near future.”

The meeting between Putin and Rouhani should take place soon after talks between Iran and the six world powers on a permanent nuclear deal conclude.

The sides had originally set a deadline of June 30 to reach a final deal, but when they failed to meet that deadline, they agreed to extend the deadline to July 7.