News ID: 135364
Published: 0659 GMT January 20, 2016

Iran keen to enhance economic ties with Russia

Iran keen to enhance economic ties with Russia

First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri hailed the recent growing trend in Tehran-Moscow economic ties, and hoped for further promotion of relations, particularly in the agriculture sector, following the termination of anti-Iran sanctions.

In a meeting with Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov in Tehran, he said that Russia enjoys a significant status for Iran in the post-sanctions era, and that Tehran is ready to improve ties with Moscow in all fields, particularly in the economic sector, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Agriculture is one of the important fields for both countries to develop ties, the Iranian vice president noted, adding that positive steps have recently been taken in this respect and grounds are prepared for increased agricultural cooperation.

"Iran enjoys good capacities in agriculture and we are ready to meet Russia's demand for food and agricultural products," he added.

Tkachyov referred to the termination of anti-Iran sanctions as a great victory for the Iranian nation, and hoped that it can further develop Iran-Russia trade ties.

"Iran and Russia should expand relations in the commercial sector, particularly in the trade in agro products," he said, adding that Moscow is keen to import food stuff and agro products from Iran.

"Russia's market is open to import of food and agricultural products from Iran, and in turn, we are ready to meet Iran's needs for meat and protein products," the Russian minister added.

The meeting came a few days after the head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) Masoud Khansari announced that hundreds of trucks containing foodstuff have been dispatched to Russia in the past few days.

In recent months, Iran has sought to replace Turkey in Russia's market after Moscow decided to sever trade ties with Ankara in the wake of the tension in their relations, Khansari said last week.

In line with these efforts, he added, 500 trucks of food products have been sent to Russia via Azerbaijan Republic, he said.

He also noted that agreements have been reached on direct export of animal products, and that the first dairy cargo will arrive in Russia in late January.

Experts believe that with the recent withdrawal of Turkey from the Russian market, Iranian goods can be the best substitute for Turkish products.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have been on the rise since November 24, when Turkey shot down the Russian fighter jet that Ankara says had entered Turkish airspace, a claim strongly rejected by Moscow.

Following Turkey's move to down the Russian Su-24 military aircraft, Moscow imposed a set of economic and other sanctions against Turkey. Some measures went into effect immediately, while others have been applied from January 2016.

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