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Russia not 'fire brigade' to save Iran deal: Putin

AFP  |  Sochi 

on Wednesday said was sorry to see Iran's nuclear deal falling apart but stressed was not "a fire brigade" to "rescue everything."

Tensions have sharply escalated between arch-rivals and since US withdrew last year from the nuclear deal which removed sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme.

spoke to reporters after hosting US in the resort of Sochi on Tuesday for the highest-level bilateral talks in nearly a year.

"We regret that the deal is falling apart," said following talks with Austrian on Wednesday.

"After the signing of the agreement was and still is the world's most verifiable and transparent country in this sense." "is fulfilling all of its obligations," said Putin, citing the

He urged Iran not to quit the 2015 agreement but added there was only so much could do.

"is not a fire brigade," Putin said.

"We cannot rescue everything that does not fully depend on us. We've played our part." Putin also said that after Washington's withdrawal could do "nothing" to salvage the deal.

Earlier Wednesday Putin's expressed concern that tensions over Iran escalated despite assurances from Pompeo that was not seeking war.

"So far we notice the continued escalation of tensions around this subject," Peskov said.

"We are saddened to see the decisions taken by the Iranian side," Peskov added, while arguing that has been provoking Iran.

In Sochi, Pompeo said his country did not want war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region.

Peskov sought to play down those statements.

"There were no assurances from Pompeo," Putin's said.

"And one can hardly talk about some sort of assurances." Washington last year pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by Europe, and China, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief.

Since then it has slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran.

On Sunday, mysterious attacks by unknown assailants against four ships in the region, including two from Saudi Arabia, pushed talk of war up another notch.

Washington has accused Iran of planning "imminent" attacks in the region and on Wednesday, the US ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in the Iraqi capital and consulate in Arbil.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:01 IST