Putin says hopes for deal on Iran's nuclear program soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg on June 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA

ST PETERSBURG, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he hoped Iran and world powers would reach a final agreement soon on Tehran's nuclear program.

Speaking at an annual economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin also said Moscow's backing for Syria's Bashar al-Assad was driven by concerns that any forcible overthrow of the president would plunge his war-shattered country into even deeper disarray.





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