0136 GMT October 16, 2019
Moscow is keen on expanding relations with Tehran, said Russia's first deputy prime minister.
Finalizing the trade and cooperation agreements in the 14th Iran-Russia Joint Economic Commission, held in Moscow on March 5 and 6, was a huge step towards strengthening bilateral ties, added Igor Shuvalov, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks in a meeting with a high-ranking Iranian economic delegation, headed by Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Masoud Karbasian, in Moscow on Tuesday.
The meeting was also attended by Iran's Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei.
Shuvalov noted that the present Russian government's term in office will come to an end in two months.
"We enthusiastically monitored the performance of the present Iranian government in terms of selecting its cabinet ministers to see who will lead the country's negotiations with Russia on expansion of economic cooperation."
Shuvalov added the 14th Iran-Russia Joint Economic Commission is co-headed by Karbasian and Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
"We find our energy minister quite interested in what he is doing. I hope that in the short period of time left for the present Russian government's tenure in office, we manage to take significant steps."
Speaking at the same meeting, Karbasian said the present Iranian government took office only a few months ago.
He added Iran will draw up its plans to expand cooperation with Russia based on a long-term approach targeting the next four years.
"We, therefore, believe that the 14th joint economic commission is being held at an important time."