TEHRAN: As the two nations struggle with Western economic sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to Iran on Wednesday for discussions on enhancing trade and energy ties.
Despite having substantial oil and gas reserves, neither Tehran nor Moscow can export their production due to sanctions.
Iribnews, the website of state television, claimed simply that Lavrov “met with President (Ebrahim) Raisi”) upon his arrival in Tehran.
The 2015 “nuclear deal, the crises in Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan, as well as enhancing economic and energy cooperation” are among the topics that Russia’s top diplomat is anticipated to address with Iranian officials during his two-day visit, according to Iribnews.
According to the official news agency IRNA, Lavrov will meet with his Iranian colleague Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday.
Following its invasion of neighboring Ukraine in February, Russia was hit with sanctions; meanwhile, the US reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran in 2018 when it withdrew from a nuclear agreement between Tehran and key countries, leaving Iran’s economy in ruins.
In that accord, Russia played a significant role by acquiring control of Iran’s surplus enriched uranium stores over what was authorized.
It has taken part in the stuttering negotiations between Iran and the powers to revive the 2015 agreement with additional US involvement.
As a result of stark disagreements between Tehran and Washington over the US sanctions that would be eased in exchange for Iran’s restoration to full compliance with the agreed-upon limitations to its nuclear activity, the discussions have been at a standstill since March.
Iran’s Raisi claimed he had given draught agreements on strategic cooperation to his counterpart Vladimir Putin during a January visit to Moscow, cementing cooperation for the following two decades.
Alexander Novak, the deputy prime minister of Russia, led a sizable group on a trip to Tehran in late May after his country’s invasion of Ukraine caused oil and gas prices to surge.