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Iran: Russia ties strategic, founded on unchanging principles

Interim Iranian President Mohammad Mokhber (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Interim Iranian President Mohammad Mokhber has described the country’s relations with Russia as strategic and founded upon unchanging principles.

Mokhber made the remarks on Thursday, speaking on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Complete implementation of all the agreements that have been clinched [between the two sides], including in the areas of trade, transit, and energy, forms the principal agenda of the bilateral ties,” the Iranian official said.

The Islamic Republic was determined to implement those agreements, he reasserted.

Mokhber went on to review the process of the Islamic Republic’s bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Russia, especially concerning the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC), the BRICS group of emerging economies, and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

In this context, he laid emphasis on reinforcement of the legal bases of the Russo-Iranian cooperation.

Putin, for his part, considered the level of cooperation and the pace of expansion of economic relations between the two sides to be very favorable and satisfactory.

He described the pending comprehensive cooperation agreement -- a major deal that is expected to elevate relations between the two allied countries to a new level -- as a proper legal basis for expansion of the mutual ties.

The Russian head of state likewise considered full implementation of the standing bilateral agreements, especially in the areas of transport and energy, to form the principal agenda of the bilateral ties.

He described the 2023 conclusion of a free trade agreement between Tehran and the EAEU as a proper basis for further development, enhancement, and dynamism of the Russo-Iranian trade.

Putin concluded his remarks by wishing the Iranian nation success in the Islamic Republic’s upcoming snap presidential elections, which are slated to be held on June 28.

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