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Iranian and Russian foreign ministers hold talks on way forward following nuclear deal

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upon being welcomed by Lavrov for their meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upon being welcomed by Lavrov for their meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at their meeting in Moscow, Russia Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at their meeting in Moscow, Russia Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, listens to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, during their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks in Moscow expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, listens to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, during their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The two are holding talks in Moscow expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran are holding talks in Moscow expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria.

The nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, has led to a series of diplomatic moves aimed at achieving some sort of breakthrough in Syria.

Russia also sees the nuclear deal as clearing the way for delivery of air defense missiles to Iran and for signing new contracts to build nuclear power plants there.

At the start of Monday's talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, noted that the deal provides new opportunities for both countries.