Kiev seeks gas supplies from Tehran

May 31, 2016

TEHRAN- “Negotiations are underway to commence exports of natural gas or liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Iran to Ukraine,” Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Amir-Hossein Zamaninia told Shana news agency on Sunday.

The deputy minister, who made the remarks after his meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Tehran, added that the two sides have also held talks on storing gas, purchase of oilfield equipment, and establishing a joint company in their meeting. 

Visiting Klimkin, for his part, said that Tehran can supply energy demands of Kiev and Ukraine can help to ensure food security in Iran.

He pointed to the opportunities for closer ties with Iran following the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying that Kiev is after establishing strategic ties with Tehran.

Klimkin said the lift of anti-Iran sanctions under the JCPOA has made it possible for Iranians and Ukrainians to open banking accounts in both countries, paving the way for enhancing interactions between the two countries' big and small businesses.

He also voiced Ukraine's readiness for cooperation with Iran in the power plant industry, aviation, renewable energies, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and student exchange programs via Iran-Ukraine joint commission on trade and economic cooperation.

 

HJ/MA

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