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Agence France-Presse

Agence France-Presse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the USA pulled out of it, the Kremlin said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a longtime critic of the 2015 accord, announced on May 8 that the United States was pulling out, citing what he said were major flaws. During the conversation, held on Berlin's initiative, the two leaders also discussed Ukraine and Syria.

Merkel and Putin reiterated that Germany and Russian Federation are seeking to preserve the agreement between the remaining parties, according to the statement.

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"I believe it is wrong to unilaterally tear up the agreement, which was agreed on and which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council", Merkel said.

Germany, France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and all three countries' foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it, reported Reuters. Trump's actions are throwing the multilateral global order into "real crisis", said Merkel, also citing his withdrawal past year from the Paris climate accord and the USA administration's efforts to sidestep global trade rules.

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