October 13, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 2 months ago

Russia's Putin says Iran's missile programme should be treated separately to nuclear programme - Arabiya

A still image from video footage shows, according to the source, the domestically built mobile missile defence system Bavar-373, taken from a video broadcasted in Iran August 22, 2019. WANA/Reuters TV via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran’s missile programme should be dealt with as a separate matter to its nuclear programme.

Putin was speaking in an interview with Arab broadcasters, including Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, ahead of his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade.

“It is possible, and we should, discuss Iran’s missiles programme... but the missile programme is one thing and the nuclear program is another thing,” Putin was quoted as saying.

Reporting By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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