Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov Hold Phone Talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov conferred on different bilateral and regional issues.

Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov Hold Phone Talks

The two ministers on Thursday have held a phone conversation over bilateral and regional issues, including the Caspian Seal legal regime.

They also discussed the latest move by Russia to veto a UN Security Council resolution on Yemen.

On Monday, Russia vetoed the resolution that would have pressured Iran over allegations of violating an arms embargo on Yemen.

The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia's veto.

China and Kazakhstan abstained, while Bolivia also voted against the measure.

Nine votes and no vetoes from the five permanent council members -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States -- are required to adopt resolutions at the Security Council.

After the veto, the council unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted measure that extended for one year the sanctions regime against Yemen, but that text made no mention of Iran.

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