Iran, Russia ties enter new phase: Minister

Moscow, Nov 11, IRNA - Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi said relations with Russia have entered a new phase and there are bright prospects before them following emphasis of the leaders of the two countries.

Vaezi, who is in Moscow heading a delegation to the 12th Joint Cooperation Commission, made the comments on Tuesday after a meeting with Russian first deputy prime minister.

Elaborating bilateral cooperation in short-, mid-, and long-terms, the minister said the removal of sanction against Iran will mark a new turn in the Tehran-Moscow relations.

'Iran's leadership is ready for expansion of ties with Russia in the post-sanctions era,' he added.

Igor Shuvalov welcomed convention of the joint commission and said Russian President Vladimir Putin is following up promotion of ties with Iran.

He expressed hope that with lifting of sanctions, economic relations and regional cooperation between Iran and Russia will be raised in paralleh with the political ties.

Facilitation of travel, reduction of tariffs, removal of banking barriers, and investment of major Russian firms in Iran were also discussed in the meeting.

Both sides also exchanged views on participation of the Russian president in the upcoming summit meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran.

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