Russian Federation ready to invest up to $50bn in Iran's oil sector

Israeli troops patrol near the northern border with Syria

Iranian analysts speculated that the two letters contain more than an issue, including negotiations on the Syrian crisis, Moscow's demand for pro-Iranian militias to leave Syria, as well as the issue of reducing Iranian oil production and the expected USA embargo on Iran's oil exports.

A top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had a "very constructive and friendly" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

"Mr. Putin [the Russian president] said that he will travel to Tehran soon to attend the summit on Syria", Velayati told IRIB after his meeting with the Russian president in Moscow.

According to Turkey's state-run Andalou Agency, Velayati's meeting with Putin "has become the subject of debate in Iran" among Iranians.

Arman Daily quoted Ali Bigdeli, an Iranian specialist on foreign affairs, as saying: "With Russian prompting, Iran is being forced to make a decision in Syria, and this decision must be arrived at through negotiations".

Israeli leaders have recently reiterated that they expect Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to honour the agreement which sets out a demilitarized zone along the frontier and limits the number of forces each side can deploy within 25 kilometres (15 miles) of the zone.

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Iran has also made moves to align closer with China, with Velayati expected to visit Beijing in the near future, Reuters reports.

Also during a speech at the Valdai Discussion Club on Friday, Velayati said that Iran is not willing to negotiate with the USA, because Washington can not be "trusted".

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Velayati handed Putin letters from Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rohani, but refused to elaborate. However, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 10 that Washington would consider requests from some countries to be exempted from sanctions it will put in effect in November 4.

Apart from the United States, the other signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - have said they still support the accord.

Both Iran and Russia expressed satisfaction regarding increased rail cooperation, he said, adding that the operation of electrifying Garmsar-Incheh Borun rail route kicked off some 10 day ago by Russian investment.

Israel's military says that for the second time this week it fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached the country's border from Syria.

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