Diplomacy: The top Iranian lawmaker on Parliament's national security committee called on both Armenia and Azerbaijan to deescalate tensions over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. “The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran is very clear, unequivocal, and decisive," MP Mojtaba Zolnouri said. "We do not accept any change in the borders of the region."
Oil: Iran's national oil company signed a $1.78 billion contract with Petropas, a local contractor, to develop an offshore gas field. The deal was signed after talks with Indian companies collapsed due to U.S. sanctions on Iran, Reuters reported.
Military: The defense ministry agreed to equip Iran's conventional army with 1,000 drones, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Diplomacy: Iranian and Russian diplomats held talks in Moscow to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Mehr News Agency reported.
Oil: Iranian oil exports dipped in May due to lower demand from Chinese refiners, Reuters reported.
In talks with Italian political & business leaders, agreed on Italy's great advantage in resuming business with Iran.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 18, 2021
Excellent meetings with @Roberto_Fico, @vitopetrocelli, @luigidimaio, ex-PM D’Alema & Iran-Italy Chamber Chair Zampini.
Also discussed region, incl #Palestine. pic.twitter.com/e6G4WSMpO6
Oil: Refiners in India and Europe have begun discussions with Iran on resuming purchases from the state-backed oil company or committed to buying Iranian oil if U.S. sanctions are lifted, Reuters reported.
Just chaired a #JCPOA Joint Commission to wrap-up 4th round Vienna talks.We’ve made good progress. An agreement is shaping up. Now a common understanding on what still needed for US return to #JCPOA, lifting of related sanctions and the resumption of nuclear commitments by Iran pic.twitter.com/gCO3rSBZ2k— Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) May 19, 2021
Legal: A Canadian judge in Ontario ruled that the shootdown of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 by Iranian air defense was "intentional" and that Iran was financially liable for damages. On January 8, 2020, the Revolutionary Guards shot down the passenger jet with two surface-to-air missiles and killed all 178 passengers, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents. Iran rejected the ruling, saying that Canada had "no jurisdiction" and that the ruling was "not based on eyewitness evidence."