December 18, 2014 / 12:18 PM / in 3 years

Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear program 'very close'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the six world powers and Iran were “very close” to reaching an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

He also told his annual end-of-year news conference that economic ties between Moscow and Teheran would benefit if the deal were clinched.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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