Meanwhile, Macron has been coordinating with Russia. Both before and after his state visit to the US, Macron telephoned President Vladimir Putin. (Paris also let it be known that Macron plans to visit St. Petersburg next month.) Now, what lends enchantment to the view is that prior to Macron’s phone conversation with Putin on Monday, a couple of things happened. One, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow over the weekend to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, amongst other issues, with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
Macron has covered a lot of ground since his talks with Trump at the White House last week. Simply put, he is scrambling in the limited time available before the May 12 deadline to create conditions which would enable Trump to declare victory without tearing up the 2015 nuclear agreement – that is, if Trump is interested in an exit strategy.
Without doubt, Macron wants to save the Iran deal. Macron is choreographing an architecture where the 2015 deal becomes one pillar while there would be other pillars as well covering areas such as Iran’s nuclear activities beyond 2025, its ballistic missile program and Iranian policies in the region.