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Russia Vows To Deepen Ties With Iran Despite U.S. Sanctions

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Ryabkov. File photo.

Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accords and the military escalation in Syria, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has reiterated Moscow's support for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Interfax news agency cited Ryabkov as saying Russia is firmly committed to continuing to deepen ties with Iran despite a U.S. decision to quit an international nuclear deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran.

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and was preparing new sanctions on Iran to ensure it did not develop nuclear weapons.

Russia's defense ministry also announced on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel, RIA news agency reported.

Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

An Israeli military official said that the attack was actually the biggest since a 1974 disengagement agreement between the two countries.

Reporting based on Reuters