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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Iran Deny Weapons Aid

Russia and Iran, assessing their relations after talks this week, Friday dismissed any suggestion that they were involved in plans to develop dangerous weapons.

A statement issued by foreign ministers Yevgeny Primakov and Kamal Kharrazi denied "as wholly without foundation various declarations alleging that Moscow and Tehran are cooperating in the creation of weapons of mass destruction in Iran."

The ministers, who discussed a wide range of issues in Moscow this week, pledged to abide fully by the United Nations charter and international obligations in working together in the field of civil nuclear power.

The statement, issued after Kharrazi had already left for Tehran, was clearly directed at the United States, which views Iran as a rogue state and is suspicious of any Russian move to build closer ties with it.

During their talks this week, Primakov and Kharrazi stood by their intention to pursue Russia's participation in the construction of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Russia has refused to abandon the $800 million contract despite suggestions by the United States and Israel that the station could enable Iran to develop nuclear arms technology.

The statement also expressed concern over ecological damage that could be caused by construction of gas and oil pipelines on the bed of the Caspian Sea and called for consultations among states in the region.