Russia's Putin, France's Macron discuss Iran deal by phone


"As the risk of attacks by worldwide terrorists in Syria remains, our ships armed with cruise missiles will be permanently on duty in the Mediterranean", Putin said at a meeting with senior military officials and representatives of the defence industry.

"I will especially note the efficient and coordinated actions of the crews of our ships and submarines during the military operation in Syria".

During the conversation, Putin also offered his condolences over the terrorist attack in Paris on Saturday, the Kremlin said. "This will increase the role of the Navy in nuclear deterrence", he said.

President Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, after which presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the talks took place in a positive atmosphere and that Russian Federation conveyed to the IAEA its position on the developments on the Iranian nuclear file and other files related to maintaining the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Russian Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate Admiral Essen fires a Kalibr cruise missile at ISIS targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor from the Mediterranean Sea, September 5, 2017.

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Russian Federation has been involved in Syria's civil war since September 2015.

Putin said that 14 of Russia's missile regiments will receive new Yars intercontinental missile complexes to replace their old Topol complexes this year, while Russia's air forces will receive modernized bombers armed with long-range cruise missiles.

This will be the first meeting between the leaders since President Putin was re-elected in March.

Putin said the Russian Navy has expanded its presence in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic and the Asia-Pacific region. The West views Putin's campaign to improve his country's military capabilities as a threat to world order.