0522 GMT May 26, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s upcoming visit to Russia and his negotiations with his counterpart Vladimir Putin will help expand economic relations between Moscow and Tehran.
Making the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Vladimir Obydenov, the chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council – a subsidiary of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, added the visit is of great importance.
He noted that 21 years ago, the two countries signed a treaty, officially known as the ‘Treaty on the Basis for Mutual Relations and the Principles of Cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation’.
Obydenov said ties between Russia and Iran gained a fresh momentum, reaching a strategic level, after meetings between the two countries’ officials in Tashkent in 2013.
The upcoming negotiations between Raeisi and Putin in Moscow will be another important step toward the expansion of the bilateral cooperation, he added.
The two presidents’ meeting will be of great importance for strategic partnership between Moscow and Tehran, Obydenov noted, saying no doubt, the topics on the agenda of the Iranian and Russian presidents in their discussions will play a key role in the outlook of the two states’ cooperation.
He stressed that military sector is not the sole field of top-level cooperation between Russia and Iran, adding the two countries have interactions in other areas as well, of which notable instances are their collaborations in building Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and boosting bilateral trade at an international level.
Obydenov said a large number of other sectors also offer good and lucrative prospects for Iran-Russia cooperation, listing them as the fields of energy, transportation, communications, agriculture and commerce.
Expressing optimism about a final agreement between Iran and the remaining parties to a 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna, he gave the assurance that in this case, Iran’s economy will gain a new impetus and make considerable progress.
The joint council’s chairman described Russia as Iran’s reliable partner, saying the two countries age-old friendship have stood the test of time in view of their joint moves and measures despite numerous ups and downs.
On Sunday, the Russian state television channel Rossiya-1 announced that 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 added 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.
Also speaking to IRNA, the acting dean of the Faculty of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Andrei A. Sidorov, said Raeisi’s upcoming visit to Russia will give fresh momentum to Moscow-Tehran ties.
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.