Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Turkey discuss clouds over nuclear accord

Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Turkey discuss clouds over nuclear accord

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran will meet in Moscow today with their Russian counterpart to discuss the uncertain

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The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran will meet in Moscow today with their Russian counterpart to discuss the uncertain future of the Iran nuclear agreement.

The talks come on the heels of several similar meetings in Washington between President Donald Trump and European leaders. Both Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have tried to sway Trump from scrapping the deal come May 12, a prospect which could harm European business interests.

Moscow and Beijing have also decried the prospect of Washington unilaterally breaking with the agreement, threatening to not any support newly imposed sanctions. Both Russia and China have sought international support for a UN draft statement pledging unwavering support for the deal. Today Russia may find an ally in Turkey, a country which has recently found disagreement with the US over the Kurds.

However, even Turkey’s added dissent may not be enough to prevent Mr Trump from implementing a key campaign promise. If sanctions are again imposed, expect tensions to escalate between the US and the rest of the world, likely alienating previous allies and emboldening new enemies.

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