Putin's Backing

Putin's BackingPutin's Backing

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday the Iran nuclear deal would improve security in the Middle East, Reuters reported. Israel plans to lobby the US Congress not to approve the agreement clinched between Iran and world powers in Vienna on July 14. Putin told Netanyahu the deal included “solid guarantees that the Iranian nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful” and that implementing it would “positively impact the security and stability of the Middle East,” according to a Kremlin statement.

Iran denies its nuclear activities may have any military objectives, saying the program is solely for peaceful purposes.