Moscow says it knows of no breakthrough and urges calm from the West.
Although Russia has backed two rounds of punitive UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Moscow says engagement is a more effective way of tackling the situation.
But Putin has travelled to Tehran to attend a summit of the five states that surround the Caspian Sea and on Tuesday issued a warning that none of the states bordering the world’s largest lake should allow their territory to be used for military action against another coastal state.
This was an apparent response to talk in the West about military strikes on Iran.
“We need to agree that using the territory of one Caspian Sea [state] in the event of aggression against another is impossible,” he told the other leaders at the start of the one-day meeting.
“If you react to various threats and recommendations of the security services, then you should sit at home”.
Putin is the first Kremlin leader to travel to Iran since Josef Stalin, the former Soviet leader, attended a wartime summit with Winston Churchill, former British prime minister, and Franklin Roosevelt, former US president, in 1943.
Putin said on Monday that negotiation was the best tool for dealing with Iran and trying to intimidate Tehran was “hopeless”.
“If we have a chance to keep up these direct contacts, then we will do it, hoping for a positive, mutually advantageous result.”
Russia has sold weapons to Iran, in defiance of US concerns, and is building a nuclear power station at Bushehr.
|Putin, right, is the first Russian leader to visit Iran since 1943 [AFP]|