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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tech Sales To Tehran Defended

Russia defended its exports of technology to Iran on Monday in talks with U.S. officials on efforts to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Moscow also complained about Washington's decision to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and its failure to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

But it called the Moscow meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov and Deputy Secretary of State John Wolf "substantive and aimed toward the soonest possible practical achievements" in tightening control over nuclear material.

"The sides declared their future support for cooperation and sharing national experience in the sphere of export controls as an important element in overall efforts to strengthen the nonproliferation regime," it said.

But Moscow called on Washington to lift sanctions against Russian companies and research institutes, imposed because the United States believed they have sent banned technology to Iran.

"Wolf again raised the American concern with Russian-Iranian cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy and military-technical cooperation," the Russian statement said.

"The Russian side stated ... that Russia's export of equipment, technology and the development of military-technical cooperation, with Iran as with all other countries, is firmly within international obligations and nonproliferation and export control agreements."