Russia Keen to Resume Grain Exports to Iran

Russia is interested in resuming exports of its grain to Iran, the press service of the Russian ministry of agriculture said in a statement.

“Russian grain exporters are extremely interested in resuming exports to Iran. I hope the Iranian side will soon lift this ban or work out other solutions that would make it possible for Russian exporters to get back to the Iranian market,” the press service said citing the country’s Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev, the Tass news agency reported on Saturday.

Tkachev made the remarks on Friday following a meeting with Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, who was in Moscow on an official visit.

The Iranian minister arrived in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan on Tuesday. His trip later took him to Moscow where he explored ways for the expansion of bilateral ties between Iran and Russia.

On Friday , Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak Iran and Russia are to sign a cooperation deal on more than 70 industrial projects.

Novak said the plans were decided in a meeting with Vaezi.

Tehran-Moscow relations have improved dramatically in recent years, with Russian President Vladimir Putin visiting Tehran in November last year, Novak said.

“During this time, our trade turnover has increased by 70 percent, and we have agreed to create the necessary legal framework to aid the growing relationships between entrepreneurs in our two countries,” he said.

The ministers also agreed on a further 13 treaties dealing with trade, customs clearance and investment.

Moscow also agreed to provide Tehran with export credit worth $2.4 billion earlier this month.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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