As US toughens its stances against Iran, an Iranian official says Russia is going to invest in Iran’s oil industry to make up for the losses Tehran incurs as a result of Western companies leaving Iran fearing the impact of new US sanctions.

Iran appears to have been the focal point of political discussions in Brussels and Moscow on July11 and 12. In Brussels, US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been talking about further hardening of US stance against Tehran.

At the same time in Moscow, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on Wednesday “to encourage Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria,” and Russian President Vladimir Putin presumably discussed the same with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s special envoy, although Iran never admitted it discussed Syria in the meeting with Putin.

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