Tuesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for mediating talks

 The export of grain from Ukraine, saying there was some progress. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Putin that Tehran and Moscow need to stay vigilant against “Western deception”, calling for long-term cooperation between them, state TV reported on Tuesday.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin Tuesday praised his talks with the presidents of Iran and Turkey, speaking after a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict overshadowed by Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

Putin said the summit in Tehran had been “truly useful and rather substantial”, describing the atmosphere as “businesslike and constructive”.

He said the three leaders adopted a joint declaration, pledging to strengthen cooperation in the interests of the “normalisation” of the situation in Syria.

The Kremlin chief also praised his bilateral meetings with Iran’s ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin said he and Erdogan discussed the export of Ukrainian and Russian grain as well as food security, but he provided no further details.

Ukraine’s first lady to address US Congress Wednesday

U.S. President Joe Biden, with flowers in hand, and first lady Jill Biden welcomed Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, to the White House on Tuesday for a visit ahead of her address to Congress on Wednesday.

Zelenska, the wife of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, embraced Jill Biden and received the flowers from the president, who met her vehicle outside.

Afterwards, the two women and delegations from both countries sat down for a meeting in the White House Blue Room.

Putin’s Iran trip shows how isolated Russia has become, says White House

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Iran this week shows how Russia has become isolated in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, John Kirby, the White House’s chief National Security Council spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday.

The United States last week said it has information that shows Iran is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred drones, including some that are weapons capable, and that Tehran is preparing to train Russian forces to use them. Iran’s foreign minister denied that.

Kirby said on Tuesday that there is no indication yet that Iran has given drones to Russia.

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Sourece FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS

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