Medvedev: Russia seeks to expand ties with Iran

November 20, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN - On the sidelines of the third summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Baku on Thursday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held separate talks with his counterparts from Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that Russia seeks to improve its political, economic, and even military cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
Medvedev also proposed that Moscow and Tehran adopt a joint stance in the international forums.
He added that after the United Nations Security Council issued its last resolution against Iran, certain countries made attempts to tighten the sanctions against the country but Russia strongly opposed the move.
President Ahmadinejad also accepted Medvedev’s suggestion of taking a joint stance in the international forums, adding increased cooperation would serve the interests of the two countries.
“If Iran and Russia stand by each other, the enemies would fail to achieve their goals against Iran, Russia and the region,” Ahmadinejad stated.
-- Iran, Turkmenistan must fight terrorism
Ahmadinejad also held talks with the Turkmen president in which the two sides emphasized the importance of fighting against terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking.
Ahmadinejad expressed hope that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries would increase