News ID: 319565
Published: 0321 GMT January 21, 2022

Raeisi: Iran, Russia reached ‘fundamental agreements’ on deepening ties

Raeisi: Iran, Russia reached ‘fundamental agreements’ on deepening ties

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Friday Iran and Russia reached “fundamental agreements” on expanding all-out bilateral relations to secure mutual interests.

“Undoubtedly, the development of relations with Russia will contribute to the security and prosperity of the two nations. Certainly, such security-building cooperation will be for the sake of the region,” Raeisi said after arriving in Tehran from Moscow in the early hours of the morning.

He said that during his Russia trip, which began on Wednesday, the two sides discussed steps to challenge the dominance of the US dollar and continue trade in their national currencies, Press TV reported.

“Our oil minister had good agreements with Russian energy officials, the effects of which will emerge later,” he said, adding that good agreements were also reached on removing obstacles to boosting trade relations.

However, the level of trade relations is “not acceptable”, the president stated.

Officials have said the two sides seek to increase the current record $3 billion bilateral trade.

"We decided to increase the level of trade between the two countries to $10 billion in the first stage," Raeisi said.

"In the field of agriculture, there were also good discussions that would lead to real exchanges of agricultural products," he said.

In the field of transportation, the two sides decided to advance the North-South corridor which will facilitate transportation and greatly reduce transportation time, the president added.

In 2002, Russia, Iran, and India signed an agreement for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a 7,200km multi-mode network of ship, rail, and road route for moving freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.

The INSTC is seen a game-changer that will shorten the distance and lower the cost of transportation from South Asia to Europe through Iran and Russia and potentially serve as an alternative to the Suez Canal for East-West trade.

Tehran and Moscow also reached agreements to expand their cooperation in the industry, defense, and aerospace sectors, Raeisi said.

On the first day of his two-day trip, which he described as a “turning point” in Iran-Russia relations, Raeisi had a three-hour meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during which the Iranian president said the Islamic Republic seeks to forge strategic relations with Moscow.

Later on Wednesday, he met with Iranians residing in Russia. On Thursday, Raeisi addressed the State Duma and attended the prayers at the Moscow Grand Mosque at the invitation of Rawil Gaynutdin, chairman of the Russian Mufti Council.


US in ‘weakest position’

“The strategy of domination has now failed, and the United States is in its weakest position, and the power of independent nations is experiencing its historic growth,” Raeisi told Russian lawmakers.

“The important thing in this age, which requires vigilance, is that the desires for domination have not disappeared and new forms of domination are on the agenda,” he added.

He said the new forms of domination are meant to weaken independent countries, particularly through economic sanctions, and promote instability and insecurity. “In such a way that they try to change the place of the oppressor and the oppressed in public opinion.”

The president added that an international system based on domination has yielded no result but war, violence, insecurity, and division among nations.

The “evil alliance” of the United States with terrorists is clear to the world, especially to the nations of West Asia, from Syria to Afghanistan, Raeisi said.

He warned of complex plots aimed at sending Takfiri terrorists on “new missions from the Caucasus to Central Asia,” adding, “Experience has shown that it is pure Islamic thought that can prevent the formation of extremism and Takfiri terrorism.”

The Iranian president emphasized that the resistance of nations is the main cause of the failure of the policy of military occupation and the United States’ escape from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The idea of resistance serves the independence of countries. In modern times, the concept of resistance plays a central role in deterrence equations,” he stated.

Elsewhere in his address, Raeisi said imposing sanctions on nations is a common form of new domination, stressing the importance of cooperation among independent states and a collective response to counter such a policy.

“Otherwise, sanctions will affect all countries, even US allies, under various pretexts,” he added.

He noted that the United States claimed that it has imposed sanctions on Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities, although it is clear to all that Tehran’s nuclear program is legal and under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“But the reality is that in different historical periods of Iran’s development, whenever our nation has raised the banner of nationalism, independence, or scientific development, it has faced sanctions and pressures of the Iranian nation's enemies,” Raeisi said.

In accordance with the fatwa of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran does not look for a nuclear weapon, he added, emphasizing, “Such weapons have no place in our defense strategy.”

Raeisi warned that the US seeks to oppose the Iranian nation’s rights, saying, “Our philosophy is also clear: ‘We do not relinquish the rights of our nation.’”




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