Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty include the following:
Moscow and Tehran say they plan to expand military and economic cooperation after international sanctions against Iran are lifted under a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in Moscow on August 17 that both sides hope the agreement on Iran's nuclear program will enter into force "in the nearest weeks."
Russia is seen as eager to get a head start in what is expected to be an international race for lucrative contracts with Iran once sanctions are lifted. Of particular interest to Moscow is Iran's nuclear power sector.
Lavrov and Zarif said they also discussed their joint initiative to broker a diplomatic resolution to Syria's civil war.
They reaffirmed that they both reject calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.
"The Syrians must themselves decide their fate, their future, while foreign states should only make this easier," Zarif said. He said the only way to settle the Syrian crisis is political and that "we have a common view on this issue with the Russian Federation and this similarity of positions will continue."COMMENTARY: Following JCPOA, the pace of international engagement with the IRI Foreign Ministry appears unprecedented. There also appears to be an unprecedented level of interaction with Iran towards resolving the Syrian conflict.
The Zarif-Lavrov press conference of 17AUG15 as it appeared live on monitors at Russian television studio control room
Iranian and Russian diplomatic delegations at the conference table on 17AUG15 in Moscow
TASS, the Russian Ilyushin Il-76TD "Candid" aircraft delivered more than 20 tons of humanitarian cargo-- food products, including canned meat, fish and milk products, and daily necessities-- to the port city of Latakia in north-western Syria. The return flight took Russian citizens who wanted to leave the war-torn country back to Moscow alongside nationals of other former Soviet countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Photos: Islamic Republic News Agency, unidentified social media.