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'Iran, Russia need to bolster ties in face of USA hegemony'

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The United States pulled out of a multinational deal in May to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.

Elsewhere, Velayati said that both Iran and Russian Federation highlighted the need to continue cooperation in the region to support the legitimate governments of Iraq and Syria; President Putin agrees that this cooperation should continue in both the defense and the political sphere, he added.

"In foreign policy, relations between two countries are considered strategic when both sides consider them as strategic and deal with each other on this basis", AbuTalbi said.

"In these messages, our country's views and stances regarding the United States' selfish and illegal behavior are explained to other countries", he said.

Moscow has teamed up with Tehran to shore up Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, but their interests do not always converge. "Only a strategic and long-term relationship (with Russia) can continue this cooperation", said Velayati, who was also due to meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow.

Velayati is among special envoys that Iran is sending to various countries in response to the U.S. withdrawal earlier this year from the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Velayati, who is also expected to visit China in the near future, described Trump as an "unreliable individual... with relation to global law who necessitates more and more cooperation (between Iran and Russia)".

"He makes baseless and illogical remarks and nobody cares about his words", the Iranian official said.

Facing revived sanctions from the United States and the possible knock-on collapse of its business dealings with Europe, Iran is looking to Russian Federation and China for investment and to purchase its oil.

"Therefore, his presence or absence in Russian Federation has no effect on our strategic mission", he added.

This comes just one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Iran to withdraw its troops from Syria.

Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached the country's border from Syria for the second time this week, the military said Friday. He said Iran and Russian Federation will maintain their military presence in Syria to make sure terrorists will not resurge.

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