Iran and Russia are holding meetings to further maritime cooperation in the Caspian Sea, with new agreements on the agenda between the Iranian port of Anzali and Russian port of Astrakhan, said the provincial head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Gilan.
Iran has backed Russia’s request from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that oil condensates should not be included in the country's overall output figures as others suggest Moscow is violating a pact meant to reduce the global supply.
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies are seeking to extend production cuts by more than 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) from their current 1.2 million bpd amid a slowing global economy and abundant crude reserves.
Russia says creating a so-called investigative team within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) only suits the ends of the sponsors, urging the member states of the watchdog to vote against funding such a biased team.
Russia has formally proposed to the United States that the two nuclear superpowers extend their New START arms control treaty by five years, though Moscow would also settle for a shorter extension, a senior Russian official said.
Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it demonstrated the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle to a team of US inspectors this week as part of transparency measures under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with the US.