News ID: 319435
Published: 0238 GMT January 16, 2022
Iran president due in Russia next week: TV channel

Raeisi trip to lend new impetus to Tehran-Moscow ties: Academic

Raeisi trip to lend new impetus to Tehran-Moscow ties: Academic
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s upcoming visit to Russia will give fresh momentum to Moscow-Tehran ties.

The remark was made by the acting dean of the Faculty of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Andrei A. Sidorov, in an exclusive interview with IRNA.

Documents and memorandums of understanding on expanding bilateral cooperation in different sectors are expected to be signed during the visit, he added, saying since visits by heads of state normally come under the spotlight and the Iranian president’s Moscow trip is no exception, precise planning has been done to prepare the ground for it.

The visit comes as relations between Iran and Russia are at their zenith, the faculty dean noted, adding the two countries’ leaders are hopeful to further improve the level of bilateral ties and cooperation in different sectors.

The Russian academic described the present level of political ties between the two countries as excellent, saying, however, that economic and trade relations and cooperation in, for instance, modern technologies and the aerospace sectors fail to be in proportion to the two sides’ capacities and are in need of a boost.

Sidorov regretted that previous plans to develop trade and economic ties between Russia and Iran have not gone ahead at the expected pace, and have failed to achieve progress on par with that which is witnessed in the two states’ political relations, which is the main reason for the two presidents’ likely concentration on the economic aspects of their relations.

Iran, he said, has considerable capacities and, through precise planning, can see a remarkable rise in the level of its economic relations with Russia.

Sidorov slammed as illegal and very cruel the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies on Iran, saying they are mainly aimed at dealing blows to the livelihoods of the Iranian people and, particularly, the country’s low-income classes, who are bearing the brunt of Washington’s pressures.

“These sanctions have been imposed without the approval of the United Nations Security Council and, thus, are in violation of international law.”

The United States, which is a permanent member of the UNSC and must be a defender of global criteria, has become the number one violator of international law and the UN Charter, and is harming international relations, Sidorov said.

 

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The Russian state television channel Rossiya-1 on Sunday announced that President Vladimir Putin will host his Iranian counterpart for talks in Moscow next week as Russia seeks to help the Vienna talks on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal to progress, according to Reuters.

Rossiya-1 did not disclose when precisely the meeting between the two presidents would take place, nor the issues they would discuss.

“That is an important meeting and contacts must continue at the highest level,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday during a press conference on Russian diplomatic activities in 2021.

He said that the importance of the meeting lies in the necessity of implementing the notes on all issues and agendas, particularly given the change in the Iranian government.

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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