Vladimir Putin was photographed alongside President Erdogan, Xi Jinping and the Emir of Qatar as he was traveling to Tajikistan for a summit.

The Russian president attended the summit with other world leaders as he tried to forge closer ties with China and the Middle East in a context of growing tensions with the United States.

Putin was photographed shaking Xi's hand and having an informal discussion with Erdogan at the launch of the conference on Saturday.

It is the same week that the United States accused Iran of conducting Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers on a vital oil transportation route to the Gulf mouth. Tehran denied having any role.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the right, met on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the conference on interaction and confidence-building measures in Asia

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the right, met on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the conference on interaction and confidence-building measures in Asia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Putin at an informal meeting during the conference

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Putin at an informal meeting during the conference

The conference in Tajikistan aims to create a closer relationship between Asian countries and those in the Middle East.

The conference in Tajikistan aims to create a closer relationship between Asian countries and those in the Middle East.

Yesterday afternoon, it was also expected that Putin meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the middle of his quarrel with Donald Trump.

Mr Rouhani announced on Saturday that he would continue to reduce compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories of the pact show "positive signals."

Iran ceased to respect in May certain commitments contained in the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with the world powers, after the United States withdrew unilaterally from the agreement in 2018 and strengthened the sanctions imposed on Tehran.

"Clearly, Iran can not stick to this agreement unilaterally," President Hassan Rouhani told Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders at a conference in Tajikistan.

Rouhani did not mention the oil tanker incident this week in his speech at the Conference on Measures of Interaction and Building Confidence in Asia, held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

"It is necessary that all parties to this agreement help to restore it," he said, adding that Iran should receive "positive signals" from other signatories of the pact, including Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

He did not give details of the actions that Iran would undertake nor on the positive signals that Tehran wanted to see.

Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and Putin at a bilateral meeting at the Navruz Palace

Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and Putin at a bilateral meeting at the Navruz Palace

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) and Putin shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of Friday's conference

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) and Putin shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of Friday's conference

Rouhani is involved in a war of words with President Trump this week after Iran has been accused of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf

Rouhani is involved in a war of words with President Trump this week after Iran has been accused of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to do the same.

"We believe the only sensible decision is that all the participants in the agreement honor their commitments," Putin told the conference.

Tehran said in May that Iran would start enriching uranium at a higher level unless world powers protect its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.

Washington has stepped up pressure on Iran, saying it wants to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, curbing its ballistic missile program and putting an end to what it calls Iranian meddling in the Middle East. -East.

Tehran said its nuclear program was peaceful and that it would not be stopped, said his missile work was aimed at the defense and accused the United States of destabilizing the region.

France and other European signatories to the nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear work have said they want to save the deal, but many of their companies have canceled their agreements with Tehran, under the pressure from the United States.

In addition to Saturday's official photo shoot, Putin took the time to help President Xi celebrate his birthday by serving him ice cream.

Discussions about the privacy of senior leaders are extremely rare in China and the exact birth dates of most of them are not revealed publicly because they are considered a state secret.

The public television showed images of Xi, 66, and Putin holding glasses of champagne to celebrate Xi's birthday at the hotel where he stays in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, where they all participate two at a regional summit.

While Putin gave the Xi a Russian ice cream – the flavor was not mentioned – Xi gave Putin some Chinese tea, according to the report.

Putin congratulates Chinese President Xi Jinping for his 66th birthday by presenting him with ice cream

Putin congratulates Chinese President Xi Jinping for his 66th birthday by presenting him with ice cream

Discussions about the privacy of senior leaders are extremely rare in China and the exact birth dates of most of them are not publicly revealed.

Discussions about the privacy of senior leaders are extremely rare in China and the exact birth dates of most of them are not publicly revealed.

Xi thanked Putin and said that in China, Putin was extremely popular, he added.

Images on the Chinese National TV website showed the two men inspecting a white cake decorated with red and blue confectionery flowers on which were written the words, in slightly shaky red Chinese characters, "good fortune double six".

President Trump on Friday accused Iran of attacking tankers and warned Tehran that he was not taking aggressive action lightly.

"Iran did," Trump told "Fox & Friends" during a phone interview with the morning news program.

He informed the Iranian mullahs that the United States could see evidence of the attack, citing grainy video footage released on Thursday that the US military reportedly showed that Iranian ships were recovering an unexploded mine on the island. One of the damaged ships.

"You saw the boat, one of the mines to explode did not explode and Iran was written on it. Was able to remove the mine from the boat and this was exposed. They did not want the evidence to be left behind. They do not know we have things we can detect in the dark that work very well. We have that. It's them who did it, says Trump.

But Trump did not give details when he insisted on the US reaction.

"We will see. We'll see how to stop, he says.

& # 39; We will see what happens. We do not take it lightly, I can tell you, "he added.

President Donald Trump accused Iran of attacking oil tankers, one of them broke into a fireball on Thursday.

President Donald Trump accused Iran of attacking oil tankers, one of them broke into a fireball on Thursday.

A tanker was photographed Thursday on fire in the Oman Sea, near the strategic strait of Ormuz, after an attack that left him burnt and adrift during the evacuation of sailors .

A tanker was photographed Thursday on fire in the Oman Sea, near the strategic strait of Ormuz, after an attack that left him burnt and adrift during the evacuation of sailors .

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