Friday, March 24, 2017

Iranian President to meet Putin

The Kremlin confirmed on Thursday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Moscow in the coming week and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The visit will focus mainly on economics and trade, with the two leaders expected to sign 11 new trade agreements in various fields.

Among other things, Iran will try to sign an agreement to export large quantities of oil to Russia, and a document that will detail the continued development of bilateral relations between Moscow and Tehran.

Trade relations between Iran and Russia experienced a 60 percent increase in 2016 amounting to about $2 billion, following the lifting of the sanctions over Iran as part of the nuclear deal it signed with world powers.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss the situation in the Middle East, especially Syria. Russia and Iran support Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and Israel has recently expressed concern that Iran is deepening its hold on Syria, possibly in cooperation with Russia. READ MORE