Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (right) in Moscow on Wednesday.
Europeans seem want to open communication channels with Russia about the war in Ukraine. According to Mohammad Jamshidi, the political adviser to the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, an important European leader would have asked the Iranian president to mediate with Russia.
He added on his Twitter account that after a series of consultations, an initiative would have been taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to Moscow where he met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Wednesday.
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The Iranian ISNA news agency reported that it was French President Emmanuel Macron who made contact with the Iranian President.
In addition, the Iranian foreign minister indicated before his departure for Moscow that Western parties want Iran to play an active role in the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, according to the Iranian agency Mehr.
The French government has neither denied nor confirmed this information.
The European request comes as negotiations to resuscitate the Iran nuclear deal are at a crucial stage.
The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell, who is the intermediary between the Americans and the Iranians, urges the two parties to reach an agreement quickly to avoid a dangerous crisis.
Furthermore , the countries of the European Union decided on Wednesday to suspend the agreement on the relaxation of the visa regime for Russians.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the suspension would make it harder and longer to obtain visas for Russian nationals.
Some member states had called for a broader visa ban for Russians.
Prior to the meeting, Poland and the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) had said they were considering banning Russian travelers if the ;EU as a whole did not.
In a joint statement obtained by AFP, the four countries said suspending the deal was a necessary first step.
Member of the European Union, Hungary announced on Wednesday an agreement with the Russian giant Gazprom to receive additional deliveries, while the rest of Europe faces a sharp reduction in gas volumes supplied.
Supply is now increased by 5.8 million cubic meters per day from September 1, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
The gas will arrive via Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia through the TurkStream gas pipeline, the minister said.
Previously, Gazprom announced that it will suspend gas deliveries to France from September 1.
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