TEHRAN – Iranian and Russian businessmen have called for enhanced bilateral cooperation.
In a meeting which was held between a number of Iranian businessmen with their Russian counterparts in Moscow, the two sides discussed ways to give a boost to their bilateral trade and economic ties.
Iran’s ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei believes it’s time to start a new chapter in Iranian-Russian relations. It’s impossible to plan long-term relations in the modern world without strengthening economic ties.
“Unfortunately, our economic ties are decreasing. That doesn’t meet our countries’ interests,” the ambassador said.
Indeed, bilateral trade dropped from $2.33 billion in 2012 to $1.59 billion last year, a meager amount, considering the two countries’ economic potential.
On February 19, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia is holding talks with Iran to increase trade volume based on energy cooperation.
“Last year, the 10th session of the intergovernmental commission was held in Moscow. The parties discussed different variants to increase trade turnover and search for a financial scheme, which would allow our companies to supply products to Iran – metallurgy, machine-building and energy equipment,” Novak said.
“Both parties considered Russia’s participation in constructing power plants on the territory of Iran and developing deposits. We seek to increase trade turnover and expand the presence of our companies on the Iranian market,” the minister said.
“This will give a possibility to develop and restore our trade at the level before sanctions were imposed. Thus, this issue is pressing,” he said.