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Russia’s Stake in Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia was a “help” in securing the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

In addition to that praise, printed in the New York Times, Obama talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone Wednesday, thanking Putin for Russia’s role in the negotiations.

Simon Saradzhyan, a researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, said Obama was underestimating the role Russia played in securing the agreement.

For starters, Saradzhyan said, Moscow refrained from vetoing the U.N. sanctions that ultimately forced Iran to “negotiate in earnest.”

“This deal would not have happened if Russia had not supported it,” Saradzhyan said.

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Source: Voice of America

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