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Iran, Russia discuss ways to expand energy ties
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MOSCOW – Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak have discussed ways to expand relations between the two countries in the field of energy.
The meeting was held in Moscow on Tuesday, the IRNA news agency reported.
The Russian minister reiterated his country’s determination to boost economic cooperation with Iran.
In another meeting between the two officials in Moscow on April 25, Sanaei said that the implementation of Iran-Russia energy agreements holds the key to expansion of bilateral relations in other economic spheres.
He underlined the importance of the current year for promotion of Iran-Russia cooperation and called for the implementation of oil, gas and electricity deals signed by the two sides, according to Press TV.
Sanaei also expressed Tehran’s willingness to purchase electricity from Russia and use the country’s assistance in the construction of thermal power plants and renovation of two power stations in central and southwestern Iran.
Iran-Russia trade currently totals $5 billion a year, but economists say the two countries can at least quadruple the volume of their trade exchanges.

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