On December 30, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow to discuss a wide range of aspects regarding Russian-Iranian cooperation, including trade, economic and energy spheres, with a specific focus on respective bilateral projects.
The parties will focus on international affairs, including the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme, the Syrian peace process, Persian Gulf developments and other regional matters.
Russian-Iranian relations are based on the good traditions of neighbourly contacts and mutual respect, and are not dependent on political situations. The two countries’ positions on many international matters are close or coincide. Their intensive dialogue at the highest level is making an important contribution to stimulating mutually beneficial cooperation. In 2019, the presidents of Russia and Iran met four times. Contacts are ongoing between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies, representatives of parliaments, as well as other agencies and organisations.
The policy line determined by President of Russia Vladimir Putin to boost trade and economic cooperation with Iran is being pursued systematically despite the illegitimate sanctions imposed by the United States. Over the nine months of 2019, Russian-Iranian trade, if anything, went up 25.3 percent to $1.5 billion, unlike with most of Iran’s other partners. Russia is determined to increase it even further, also through the efforts of the effectively operating Permanent Russian-Iranian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.
Inter-regional ties play an important role in bilateral relations, based on the reciprocal interest in developing mutually beneficial business contacts and using investment opportunities.
Cultural and humanitarian contacts are also growing, promoting the rapprochement between the peoples of Russia and Iran, mutual exposure to each country’s rich culture and history. At the beginning of November, the Russian Culture Days festival took place in Iran and was a great success; it included various events such as an exhibition of Russian applied art in the Iranian capital.