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Iran, Russia and China held a joint naval drill in the Indian Ocean aimed at boosting marine security. 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt 2022 Marine Security Belt   By Iran Military

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[l] at 1/21/22 9:30am
Addressing a meeting of Russia’s State Duma, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says the United States is in the weakest position it has ever been, and that its “strategy of domination” is in disarray thanks to the “resistance” of independent nations such as Iran and Russia. “The strategy of domination has now failed, and the United States is in its weakest position, and the power of independent nations is experiencing its historic growth,” Raisi said while addressing the State Duma of Russia in Moscow on Thursday. “The important thing in this age, which requires vigilance, is that the desires for domination have not disappeared and new forms of domination are on the agenda,” he added. He said the new forms of domination are meant to weaken independent countries, particularly through economic sanctions, and promote instability and insecurity. “In such a way that they try to change the place of the oppressor and the oppressed in public opinion.” The president added that an international system based on domination has yielded no result but war, violence, insecurity, and division among nations. The “evil alliance” of the United States with terrorists is clear to the world, especially to the nations of West Asia, from Syria to Afghanistan, Raisi said. He warned of complex plots aimed at sending Takfiri terrorists on “new missions from the Caucasus to Central Asia,” adding, “Experience has shown that it is pure Islamic thought that can prevent the formation of extremism and Takfiri terrorism.” The Iranian president emphasized that the resistance of nations is the main cause of the failure of the policy of military occupation and the United States’ escape from Iraq and Afghanistan. “The idea of ​​resistance serves the independence of countries. In modern times, the concept of resistance plays a central role in deterrence equations,” he stated. Raisi said Iran is determined to promote “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world, especially its neighbors and allies. “The purpose and basis of this cooperation and interaction is the mutual interests of nations and the increasing formation of a ‘civilized global community,” he added, noting that such a goal can be achieved through cooperation among “independent countries with high cultures and attention to the principles of justice, morality and spirituality.” He said Iran’s policy of maximum interactions with independent states are “original and will continue regardless of the developments in the international environment.” Reiterating Iran’s will and readiness to expand relations with Russia, Raisi said there are very clear horizons for cooperation between Tehran and Moscow at bilateral, regional and international levels. “Strengthening Iran-Russia relations in bilateral and multilateral forms will boost the economies of the two nations and strengthen regional and international security,” the Iranian president added, He said the economic and trade capacities of Iran and Russia along with their power and influence in the geographical areas can strengthen the convergence between the regions. He added that Iran and Russia have had a “successful” model of cooperation in Syria which has also “ensured the independence of the countries and the consolidation of regional security in the continuation of the resistance of the Syrian people and government.” Elsewhere in his address, Raisi said imposing sanctions on nations is a common form of new domination, stressing the importance of cooperation among independent states and a collective response to counter such a policy. “Otherwise, sanctions will affect all countries, even US allies, under various pretexts,” he added. He noted that the United States claimed that it has imposed sanctions on Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities, although it is clear to all that Tehran’s nuclear program is legal and under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “But the reality is that in different historical periods of Iran’s development, whenever our nation has raised the banner of nationalism, independence, or scientific development, it has faced sanctions and pressures of the Iranian nations enemies,” Raisi said. In accordance with the fatwa of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran does not look for a nuclear weapon, he added, emphasizing, “Such weapons have no place in our defense strategy.” The chief executive warned that the US seeks to oppose the Iranian nation’s rights, saying, “Our philosophy is also clear: ‘We do not relinquish the rights of our nation.’” “We are not satisfied with anything less than our rights. The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about reaching an agreement if the other parties are serious about lifting the sanctions effectively and operationally,” Raisi said. Iran, Raisi said, is the winner of two battlefields; one against terrorism and the other against the American campaign of maximum economic pressure. The president said the country has “extensive economic potential, especially in the fields of energy, trade, agriculture, industry and technology, which pave the way for beneficial cooperation for any bilateral or multilateral interaction with different countries.” He noted that basic agreements which have been signed between Tehran and Moscow would set the stage for a significant leap in bilateral economic relations, serve both nations’ interests and promote peace and stability of nations in different regions. “The privileged geographical location of Iran, especially the north-south corridor, can make trade from India to Russia and Europe less expensive and more prosperous,” he said.   By PRESSTV

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[l] at 1/21/22 9:18am
Senior representatives of Iran and the five parties to the 2015 agreement continue their diplomatic efforts in Vienna, Austria, to solve the issues hindering the revival of the deal, which has been in crisis due to the US’s unilateral exit. According to IRNA, progress has been made in the talks and the lead negotiators of Iran and the five remaining signatories to the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have settled some of the issues. As the eighth round of the Vienna talks continue, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani on Wednesday held bilateral and multilateral meetings with delegates of the P4+1 group of countries. In separate meetings, the chief negotiators from Iran and the three European signatories (E3) to the JCPOA — Britain, France and Germany — as well Russia and China discussed possible ways to secure the removal of all sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018. Bagheri Kani also met with Enrique Mora, the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief and head of the JCPOA Joint Commission, who has just visited Russia and held talks with the country’s officials on various issues, including the Vienna negotiations. Meanwhile, experts from Iran, the P4+1 group of countries and the EU also held discussions on various issues. Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA have been holding talks in the Austrian capital since April last year. The sides resumed diplomatic consultations on Monday after a two-day pause so that the diplomats could return to their respective capitals for consultations. Under former US president Donald Trump, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed sanctions primarily targeting the Iranian economy. Iran argues that a lack of initiative among the Western parties to the deal is the main factor slowing down the talks. Tehran has criticized the West, particularly the US, for failing to present any innovative proposals to help the talks move forward. Security chief: Iran’s oil sales at appropriate level despite sanctions Meanwhile, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said the country’s oil sales and revenues have reached at an “appropriate and irreversible” level despite the harsh sanctions imposed on the country’s energy sanctions. “The Iran’s oil trading and its financial affairs, has reached appropriate and irreversible conditions,” the top Iranian security official said in a tweet. He used the hashtag “ActiveResistance,” referring to the Iranian nation’s cause of nullifying Western pressure through promoting domestic capabilities. “It is not possible to promise to lift a sanction that has become ineffective, in order to score a point,” he tweeted.   By PRESSTV `

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AEOI spokesman says that Tehran and Moscow are in talks over the construction of new units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant to promote bilateral strategic cooperation in the field of energy and technology. Behrouz kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on the Russian visit accompanying President Ebrahim Raeisi on Thursday. Kamalvandi said that nuclear cooperation was “one of the most strategic issues” on the agenda of the Wednesday meeting between Raeisi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. “The issue of nuclear industry can be divided into two sections of energy-related and non-energy-related activities. In both fields, the relation between the two countries is excellent. We are being supplied by … different types of radioisotopes which are used for medical purposes, industry, agriculture and other areas,” he said. At their meeting, Raeisi and Putin explored ways to further elevate the already “excellent” relations Iran and Russia enjoy in the nuclear energy sector, Kamalvandi said. He pointed out that the joint project to build additional units at the Bushehr plant were in line with Iran’s plan to generate at least 10,000 megawatts of electricity using nuclear energy. The process was continuing apace despite delayed payments to the Russians, he added. “As you know Iran has a program of bringing the capacity of electricity in nuclear field to at least 10,000 megawatts… The Russians can contribute a very good part at this program. It has been discussed by the two presidents and we are expecting to exchange delegations in the very near future in order to implement the new projects,” Kamalvandi said. The official further said that one of Iran’s planned nuclear projects with Russia values at about $5 billion. “As you know, a power plant with the capacity of 1,000 megawatts is working.  The technology has been transferred to the Iranian expertise. It is operated by the Iranian engineers. We are already constructing two new units with the capacity of 1,000 megawatts, each of them.” Kamlavandi also noted that despite payment difficulties between Iran and Russia, the construction work at Bushehr power plant “is ongoing. It has not stopped.”   By MEHRNEWS

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Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Iranian and Russian presidents have tasked the top diplomats of the two countries with working out a roadmap for cooperation over the next two decades. In a televised interview with Iran’s state TV on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian elaborated on a three-hour meeting between Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the Russian capital earlier in the day. “Raeisi and Putin instructed the two countries’ foreign ministers to prepare a 20-year roadmap for long-term cooperation,” he said, adding that the topic would be on the agenda of his upcoming meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Earlier, Amir-Abdollahian had said in an article for Russia’ Sputnik news agency that Iran and Russia are determined to update the 20-year cooperation treaty they had signed in 2001. The agreement was originally meant to last four 10 years, but it has twice been extended for five years. Elsewhere in the interview, Amir-Abdollahian said Raeisi-Putin meeting, which lasted three hours, were held in a “friendly” and serious” climate in accordance with all the health protocols in place in Russia, which is currently grappling with a deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two presidents, he said, “reviewed almost once all the issues of bilateral relations in the fields of politics and strategy, economy, trade, culture, science and technology, private sector trade, and all other topics of common interest,” the top Iranian diplomat said. They also held detailed discussions about regional issues, including the developments in Yemen, and stressed the need to solve the crisis and end the war in the impoverished country through political channels, he added. He said Raeisi and Putin exchanged views on the roles and capacities of Iran and Russia in promoting peace in different regional states. The Iranian foreign minister said the two presidents explored ways to step up the fight against unilateralism and promote multilateralism. The two sides, he added, held detailed talks about the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna on the removal of US sanctions against Tehran and the revival of the agreement. Amir-Abdollahian said the Russian president hailed Iran’s rational positions in the Vienna talks. “Based on the principled policy of [Iran’s] Foreign Ministry, we will act with strength to protect and secure national interests,” he said. Raeisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday on a two-day strategic visit at the head of a high-ranking delegation at the invitation of his Russian counterpart. In a meeting with Putin, the Iranian president said there was no hindrance in the way of further expanding relations between the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation. He added, “Documents of strategic cooperation can outline the horizon of the [countries’] relations over 20 years. We are after increasing the volume of commercial ties with Russia and will expend much effort in this area.”   By PRESSTV

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A trilateral Combined Naval Drill, dubbed as Maritime Security Belt 2022, kicked off on Friday in North Indian Ocean with the participation of military units from Iran, China and Russia. The joint naval drill participated by naval and airborne forces the Iranian Navy, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, and vessels from China and Russia kicked off in Indian Ocean on Friday. Rear Admiral Mostafa Tajeddini the Spokesman for the naval drill said that this is the third combined naval exercise that will be held with the participation of Iran, China and Russia. The naval drill was held with the aim of strengthening security in the region, enhancing marine security, combat piracy and maritime terrorism and exchange of information, he added. With the planning made in this regard, various tactical exercises such as rescuing the floating vessel from fire, freeing the hijacked vessel and shooting against specific naval targets during day and night will be practiced by the naval units of Iran, China and Russia in the exercise, Rear Admiral Tajeddini emphasized. He considered the North Indian Ocean region very important due to the existence of waterways and important straits of Bab al-Mandeb, Malacca and Hormuz and said, These three straits are mentioned as golden triangles in the region and also Sea of Oman and North Indian Ocean are among the crucial trade areas. Therefore, Islamic Republic of Iran, China and Russia, with their collective efforts to achieve sustainable maritime security in this region and its vital waterways, are going to safeguard their interests in this area, the rear admiral added. The Combined Naval Exercise, Maritime Security Belt 2022 is held under the slogan of “Together for Peace and Security” over an area of ​​17,000 square kilometers.   By MEHRNEWS

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has explained achievements of his talks with Russian officials on expansion of ties in different economic and political fields upon his arrival at Mehrabad Airport. Early Friday, President Raisi addressed reporters on results of his two-day trip to Russia, saying that the issues discussed in the visit were in line with pursuing macro-objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy, including expansion of maximum interaction with other countries especially with friendly and allied ones. “Expansion of mutual Moscow-Tehran ties will definitely consolidate security in the region and international arena,” he said. Pointing to consultations on banking and financial affairs between Russia and Iran, the president stated that the two nations can move towards breaking the dominance of dollar on financial and banking affairs, and that they can conduct their exchanges with the use of their national currencies. Iran’s oil minister has reached good agreements with Russian energy officials on developing oil and gas fields, Raisi added. The two countries also agreed upon removing obstacles in the way of trade interactions, he said, noting that since the current bilateral trade level is not satisfactory, Moscow and Tehran have reached consensus to increase trade exchanges to 10 billion dollars in the first step. Russia and Iran have agreed to identify agricultural capacities more precisely in order to boost exchange of agricultural products, the chief executive mentioned. Both sides also agreed upon operation of north-south corridor with the aim of shortening transit route between Iran and neighboring states in northern borders of the Islamic Republic, he stipulated. Defense and aerospace collaborations were also among the issued agreed upon, Raisi said, adding that Russian and Iranian sides held talks on foreign policy issues, and that they enjoy common stances and mutual understandings of regional and international developments. Undoubtedly, Russia-Iran cooperation can help resolve regional and international crises, and upgrade justice, security, peace and stability, he noted, referring to coordination in Syria to uproot terrorist groups in the Arab country. Expressing hope that all issues raised during his three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will become operational soon, Raisi said that he expects the visit will be a turning point to upgrade relations with the friendly neighboring state. During the trip to Russia, President Raisi met with some economic actors and chairman of Muslim Council, made a speech at Duma (the State parliament), and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Russia’s state university. At the end of his trip, the Iranian president participated in a ceremony at Moscow grand mosque, addressing a congregation of Muslims following saying prayers.   By IRNA

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 Irans President Ebrahim Raisi the elite both in Russia and Iran to try and introduce a pattern for constructive identity-oriented interaction and said they are expected to play their significant and historical role in this regard. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made the remarks while addressing academic council, professors and a group of students at the Moscow State University on Thursday. Expressing happiness for attending such an outstanding gathering in one of Russias oldest and most prestigious universities, he noted that in Islam science and scientific progress is of basic importance which hold religious value at the same time. He said when scientific progress and achievements lack ethical values, the result will be the bombs which shower on people and kill them or occupies the land of Palestine for seven decades and drives its people out of their homes. Referring to his numerous meetings with groups of people who represented the economic, scientific, cultural and religious sectors in Russia, he said he is confident now that the two countries enjoy a very capacity for developing bilateral relations. Saying that the Russian elite and academic community could play a very outstanding role in expanding bilateral scientific diplomacy and enhancing mutual cooperation in new technologies, he highlighted the fact that Iran, despite oppressive sanctions, has managed to accomplish remarkable progress in many scientific fields like commercialization of science in such areas as nano, electricity and electronics, stem cells, laser, medicine and medical equipment, information technology, agriculture and construction. Any time Iran stood up to try and safeguard its independence and freedom, it saw the United States confronting it, he added, noting that the Iranian academic community, after the revolution which enabled them break away from the American dominance, has been steadily experiencing a remarkable growth while observing the religious valued promoted by holy Islam and relying on their ancient Persian civilization. He went on to point out that Iran is currently one of the worlds most successful countries in terms of its rising figures of literacy and outstanding academic youths. Today, humanity faces common issues and challenges. While the West acknowledges that the world is moving towards non-Westernization; The United States targets beliefs, national cultures, and ground-breaking traditions rooted in the identity and civilization of independent nations. The elites of Iran and Russia must provide a model of interactive and constructive identity in order to protect both nations from this destructive and reactionary de-identification and to prevent the extinction of foreign culture. Experience has shown that threats can be turned into opportunities. Cruel sanctions have not only not hindered our scientific growth, but have also led to the development of specialized journals and increased acceleration in the commercialization of technologies in Iran. The number of knowledge-based companies, all of which are rooted in Iranian universities, has reached several thousand, which, while raising standards, has seen a significant growth in the commercialization of science. The share of knowledge-based companies in Irans non-oil exports has increased, and in the field of medicine and vaccine production and many other fields, we have achieved an ecosystem and a domestic production cycle. Achievements of this kind, make us determined to develop our relations in scientific and specialized fields by investing in innovation and commercialization, considering the growing need of the country. Cooperation in the fields of science and technology is a principle for us. The motivated Iranian young people and professors, as the most important asset of the Islamic Republic of Iran, are ready to cooperate and participate in joint technology and commercialization projects. The fight against the policies of unilateralism, international discrimination, organized crime, drug trafficking, destabilization of countries and the return of extremism and terrorism will not be possible without the cooperation and coordination of the countries of the region. There are good relations between the two countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation, and both countries are moving towards progress and excellence. Political and security relations and the successful experience of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Syria and coordination to help establish peace and the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, are a good way to develop relations between the two neighbors in other areas. Good agreements have been reached for the investment and implementation of joint economic projects. The two sides are interested in cooperating in the field of transport and transit by road, rail, sea and air, as well as in the field of energy, including oil, gas, electricity, trade and agriculture. We seek to improve the level of economic cooperation; But we also pay attention to the fact that the basis of all efforts is scientific and research cooperation. In the face of the discourse that seeks to securities and militaries relations between nations, we follow a school that sees knowledge as the source of power. Imam Ali (AS) says: Knowledge is kingship and power. Whoever achieved it won, and whoever did not achieve it was defeated. We believe that facilitating the travel of citizens of the two countries, especially intellectuals and academics, and getting more acquainted and informing the elites about the existing capacities in the relations between them, can play a significant role in advancing agreements and developing relations. Here, I invite you dear university professors and researchers to travel to Iran. The existence of a common historical and civilizational richness is a good platform for the development of scientific and cultural cooperation. Although there is a relative mutual knowledge of the literary celebrities of the two countries and many works have been translated and published, but the atmosphere of cultural cooperation requires that more action be taken in this area. The teaching of Persian language, which is more than two hundred years old, and also the existence of Iranian-related study centers in Russia and reciprocally the existence of thousands of Iranians graduated from Russian universities, the activities of numerous Russian language teaching centers and Russian studies in Iranian universities and training centers are valuable capacities that should be properly taken advantage of. Finally, I would like to emphasize that we are now at a turning point in the history of relations between the two countries. University professors, thinkers and study and research centers of the two countries are expected to play their important and historical role in this field, so that the neighboring nations of Iran and Russia, with the most interaction and cooperation in various scientific, cultural and economic fields, can live in well-being and dignity. I wish peace, prosperity and well-being to the government and people of Russia and success to all of you! At the end of the ceremony, Raisi was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Moscow State University.   By IRNA

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south Korea is in consultations with Iran over the proposed use of Tehrans funds, frozen under the US sanctions, to help it pay dues to the United Nations and regain its voting rights, a South Korean source reported. Last week, the UN notified Iran that it would immediately lose its voting rights for the arrears, reportedly worth US$18.4 million, along with seven other UN member states, under the UN Charter, Yonhap reported. Iran has more than $7 billion in funds for oil shipments frozen at two South Korean banks the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) and Woori Bank due to US sanctions. Iran has demanded the release of the money, a major sticking point in bilateral relations. The two sides are seeking to capitalize on the assets to handle the problem of the delinquent US dues, according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Our government is in consultations with the Iranian government in that regard and is in related consultations with the US and the UN as well, one of the sources told Yonhap News Agency. Irans Foreign Ministry confirmed that the country is looking for a safe channel for faster payment of the UN membership fee, with relevant talks underway. In 2021, the UN deprived Iran of its voting rights for some financial issues, the source also claimed, adding, The US agreed to enable Tehran to use some of the funds held at the IBK for the payment of a minimum amount of fee for the year and the restoration of its voting power. Earlier, Irans Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in reaction to the suspension of Iran’s voting right in the United Nations has said that unfortunately for the second consecutive year due to the unjust and illegal US sanctions Tehran faced difficulties in payment of membership fees to the United Nations. Iran, as one of the founding and active members of the United Nations naturally considers itself committed to full payment of its membership fees to the United Nations and other international organizations and agencies, Khatibzadeh said.   BY MEHRNEWS

[Category: Economy, News, Sanctions Against Iran, Iran-South Korea relations, Iran's frozen assets, Iran’s UN Membership Fees]

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[l] at 1/20/22 6:43am
Sitting across a long table from President Vladimir V. Putin at a Covid-conscious distance, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran reminded his Russian counterpart on Wednesday that Tehran had been “resisting America for 40 years.” And now that Russia was plunging deeper into its own confrontation with the United States, Mr. Raisi told Mr. Putin in televised remarks, it was time to take on “the power of the Americans with an increased synergy between our two countries.” It was a bit of geopolitical theater at the Kremlin at a critical moment for Washington and its adversaries. Mr. Raisi, the hard-line Iranian leader, started a two-day trip to Moscow on Wednesday designed to showcase tightening bonds between two countries with often-diverging interests and a history of strained relations — but, increasingly, along with China, a single adversary: the United States. For Mr. Putin, embroiled in a dispute with the United States over spheres of influence and facing harsh sanctions if he follows through on a threatened invasion of Ukraine, it was a chance to show that Russia has friends it can call on in its battles with the West. In keeping with that message, the visit will include an address by Mr. Raisi to Russia’s lower house of Parliament, a rare honor for a visiting leader. Iran, its economy already strangled by U.S. sanctions, is involved in delicate negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear accord. Mr. Raisi nevertheless voiced tacit support for Mr. Putin in Ukraine, and Iran’s foreign minister emphasized that the two presidents had agreed on the “framework” of an agreement governing increased economic and military cooperation. No deals were signed publicly, however, and the extent of the Kremlin’s willingness to sell to Iran more of the modern Russian weaponry that Tehran has long sought remained unclear. But along with an upcoming naval exercise combining warships from Russia, Iran and China, the Kremlin appeared intent on sending a message that it was continuing to foster new ties that could serve as a counterweight to the West. Iran, too, is signaling that it also has alternatives if Western sanctions are not lifted. “On the international arena, we are cooperating very closely,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi, noting the crises in Syria and Afghanistan, and pledging to bring Iran closer to the Russia-led trade bloc known as the Eurasian Economic Union. Russia and Iran still have a host of differences. Despite years of sanctions, Russia’s economy, unlike Iran’s, remains closely integrated with the West. Mr. Putin has worked to foster close ties with Israel, which Iranian leaders see as an enemy. And in Vienna, Russia has been working with the United States and Europe to try to resuscitate faltering negotiations over restoring the deal restricting Iran’s nuclear program. But as Russia’s conflict with the West intensifies, Russian officials are increasingly willing to look past those differences. Grigory Lukyanov, an international relations specialist at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said that Russian officials had grown more aligned in recent years with the more strident ant-Western stance of some Iranian counterparts. And Mr. Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric who became president in August, has spoken out in favor of closer ties to Russia despite skepticism in the Iranian public. “This visit is oriented not so much toward the domestic audience in both countries but, most of all, toward the West,” Mr. Lukyanov said of Mr. Raisi’s trip to Moscow. “There are now more supporters in the Russian leadership of adopting Iran’s radical course, which used to be considered unacceptable in Russia.” Russia has massed some 100,000 troops around Ukraine, while demanding guarantees that the NATO alliance not expand into Ukraine or elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Western officials say Mr. Putin could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any time, and have threatened crushing sanctions against Russia and new military support to Ukraine if he does so. Mr. Raisi, in the public portion of his meeting with Mr. Putin, did not bring up Ukraine, but echoed the Kremlin’s longtime disdain for the Western military alliance. “NATO’s influence under any pretext in the Caucasus and Central Asia is a threat to the mutual interests of independent countries,” Mr. Raisi said, according to the Iranian government’s account of the meeting. He was referring to two other regions that were once within the Soviet Union and that the Kremlin still sees as part of Russia’s rightful sphere of influence. Mr. Raisi’s presidency consolidated the power of a hard-line faction that had criticized the previous centrist government of President Hassan Rouhani as too accommodating to the West, aligning Iran more closely with Mr. Putin’s stance. Mr. Putin met with Mr. Raisi despite the Kremlin’s intense efforts to shield Mr. Putin from the coronavirus, with the omicron variant coursing through Moscow. The two leaders sat some 20 feet apart, and Mr. Putin’s spokesman later told the Russian news media that the seating arrangement was due to “measures of sanitary necessity.” “Neither video conferences nor phone calls can replace in-person contact — even like this,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi, pointing at the long table between them. After Wednesday’s meeting at the Kremlin, the Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, posted on Twitter that the two presidents had “agreed on the framework of a long-term agreement.” In his remarks Wednesday, Mr. Raisi said the document had been “delivered” to Mr. Putin. “Tehran and Russia relations entered a new, fast-paced and dynamic path,” Mr. Amir Abdollahian said. “Excellent cooperation will begin in this new phase of relations.” The 20-year agreement discussed by Mr. Putin and Mr. Raisi, Iranian officials said, focuses on technology transfers from Russia, the purchase of Russian military equipment and Russian investments in Iranian energy infrastructure. Iran has said the agreement would be modeled after a sweeping economic and security deal signed in September between Iran and China. Under that agreement, China will invest nearly $400 billion in a wide range of projects in Iran in exchange for discounted oil for two decades. “We are definitely pursuing a long-term agreement with Russia because it is a necessity,” Mahmoud Shoori, deputy director of the Institute for Iran and Eurasian Studies in Tehran, said in a phone interview. “More important than economic partnership with Russia is a military and intelligence alliance.” In Russia, many analysts believe that the prospect of increased Russian military cooperation with other American adversaries is one of the Kremlin’s best points of leverage against Washington. On Tuesday, warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered Iran’s Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman ahead of a planned joint naval exercise with Iran and China, the Russian Defense Ministry said. But perhaps the thorniest issue confronting Moscow and Tehran is the future of Iran’s nuclear program. In his televised comments on Wednesday, Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi that it was “very important to hear your position” on the negotiations in Vienna. Talks to restore the 2015 accord, which President Biden wants to rejoin after President Donald J. Trump withdrew from it in 2018, are floundering. Diplomats suggest they may have only a few weeks left to run before Iran has breached the original limits so thoroughly that reviving the deal would be meaningless. Last November, after a break for Iran’s presidential election, the Raisi government returned to the talks and rejected the concessions the previous government had made. With some pressure from Russia, Iran then agreed to negotiate on the basis of the earlier talks, but without accepting all their earlier concessions. Russia, analysts believe, continues to play a constructive role in the Vienna talks, seeing neither a nuclear-armed Iran nor an American or Israeli attack on Iran as a palatable alternative to the nuclear deal. That means Mr. Putin was likely to pressure Iran to move faster — though he could be tempted to use Russian cooperation in the talks as bargaining leverage in Russia’s standoff with the West over Ukraine. “Russia neither wants Iran with a bomb nor Iran bombed,” said Ali Vaez, the Iran director of the International Crisis Group. “The Russians are very good at compartmentalizing their differences with the West.”   By NewYork Times Anton Troianovski reported from Moscow, Farnaz Fassihi from New York and Steven Erlanger from Brussels. Ivan Nechepurenko and Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting from Moscow.

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[l] at 1/20/22 6:43am
MOSCOW — Sitting across a long table from President Vladimir V. Putin at a Covid-conscious distance, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran reminded his Russian counterpart on Wednesday that Tehran had been “resisting America for 40 years.” And now that Russia was plunging deeper into its own confrontation with the United States, Mr. Raisi told Mr. Putin in televised remarks, it was time to take on “the power of the Americans with an increased synergy between our two countries.” It was a bit of geopolitical theater at the Kremlin at a critical moment for Washington and its adversaries. Mr. Raisi, the hard-line Iranian leader, started a two-day trip to Moscow on Wednesday designed to showcase tightening bonds between two countries with often-diverging interests and a history of strained relations — but, increasingly, along with China, a single adversary: the United States. For Mr. Putin, embroiled in a dispute with the United States over spheres of influence and facing harsh sanctions if he follows through on a threatened invasion of Ukraine, it was a chance to show that Russia has friends it can call on in its battles with the West. In keeping with that message, the visit will include an address by Mr. Raisi to Russia’s lower house of Parliament, a rare honor for a visiting leader. Iran, its economy already strangled by U.S. sanctions, is involved in delicate negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear accord. Mr. Raisi nevertheless voiced tacit support for Mr. Putin in Ukraine, and Iran’s foreign minister emphasized that the two presidents had agreed on the “framework” of an agreement governing increased economic and military cooperation. No deals were signed publicly, however, and the extent of the Kremlin’s willingness to sell to Iran more of the modern Russian weaponry that Tehran has long sought remained unclear. But along with an upcoming naval exercise combining warships from Russia, Iran and China, the Kremlin appeared intent on sending a message that it was continuing to foster new ties that could serve as a counterweight to the West. Iran, too, is signaling that it also has alternatives if Western sanctions are not lifted. “On the international arena, we are cooperating very closely,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi, noting the crises in Syria and Afghanistan, and pledging to bring Iran closer to the Russia-led trade bloc known as the Eurasian Economic Union. Russia and Iran still have a host of differences. Despite years of sanctions, Russia’s economy, unlike Iran’s, remains closely integrated with the West. Mr. Putin has worked to foster close ties with Israel, which Iranian leaders see as an enemy. And in Vienna, Russia has been working with the United States and Europe to try to resuscitate faltering negotiations over restoring the deal restricting Iran’s nuclear program. But as Russia’s conflict with the West intensifies, Russian officials are increasingly willing to look past those differences. Grigory Lukyanov, an international relations specialist at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said that Russian officials had grown more aligned in recent years with the more strident ant-Western stance of some Iranian counterparts. And Mr. Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric who became president in August, has spoken out in favor of closer ties to Russia despite skepticism in the Iranian public. “This visit is oriented not so much toward the domestic audience in both countries but, most of all, toward the West,” Mr. Lukyanov said of Mr. Raisi’s trip to Moscow. “There are now more supporters in the Russian leadership of adopting Iran’s radical course, which used to be considered unacceptable in Russia.” Russia has massed some 100,000 troops around Ukraine, while demanding guarantees that the NATO alliance not expand into Ukraine or elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Western officials say Mr. Putin could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any time, and have threatened crushing sanctions against Russia and new military support to Ukraine if he does so. Mr. Raisi, in the public portion of his meeting with Mr. Putin, did not bring up Ukraine, but echoed the Kremlin’s longtime disdain for the Western military alliance. “NATO’s influence under any pretext in the Caucasus and Central Asia is a threat to the mutual interests of independent countries,” Mr. Raisi said, according to the Iranian government’s account of the meeting. He was referring to two other regions that were once within the Soviet Union and that the Kremlin still sees as part of Russia’s rightful sphere of influence. Mr. Raisi’s presidency consolidated the power of a hard-line faction that had criticized the previous centrist government of President Hassan Rouhani as too accommodating to the West, aligning Iran more closely with Mr. Putin’s stance. Mr. Putin met with Mr. Raisi despite the Kremlin’s intense efforts to shield Mr. Putin from the coronavirus, with the omicron variant coursing through Moscow. The two leaders sat some 20 feet apart, and Mr. Putin’s spokesman later told the Russian news media that the seating arrangement was due to “measures of sanitary necessity.” “Neither video conferences nor phone calls can replace in-person contact — even like this,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi, pointing at the long table between them. After Wednesday’s meeting at the Kremlin, the Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, posted on Twitter that the two presidents had “agreed on the framework of a long-term agreement.” In his remarks Wednesday, Mr. Raisi said the document had been “delivered” to Mr. Putin. “Tehran and Russia relations entered a new, fast-paced and dynamic path,” Mr. Amir Abdollahian said. “Excellent cooperation will begin in this new phase of relations.” The 20-year agreement discussed by Mr. Putin and Mr. Raisi, Iranian officials said, focuses on technology transfers from Russia, the purchase of Russian military equipment and Russian investments in Iranian energy infrastructure. Iran has said the agreement would be modeled after a sweeping economic and security deal signed in September between Iran and China. Under that agreement, China will invest nearly $400 billion in a wide range of projects in Iran in exchange for discounted oil for two decades. “We are definitely pursuing a long-term agreement with Russia because it is a necessity,” Mahmoud Shoori, deputy director of the Institute for Iran and Eurasian Studies in Tehran, said in a phone interview. “More important than economic partnership with Russia is a military and intelligence alliance.” In Russia, many analysts believe that the prospect of increased Russian military cooperation with other American adversaries is one of the Kremlin’s best points of leverage against Washington. On Tuesday, warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered Iran’s Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman ahead of a planned joint naval exercise with Iran and China, the Russian Defense Ministry said. But perhaps the thorniest issue confronting Moscow and Tehran is the future of Iran’s nuclear program. In his televised comments on Wednesday, Mr. Putin told Mr. Raisi that it was “very important to hear your position” on the negotiations in Vienna. Talks to restore the 2015 accord, which President Biden wants to rejoin after President Donald J. Trump withdrew from it in 2018, are floundering. Diplomats suggest they may have only a few weeks left to run before Iran has breached the original limits so thoroughly that reviving the deal would be meaningless. Last November, after a break for Iran’s presidential election, the Raisi government returned to the talks and rejected the concessions the previous government had made. With some pressure from Russia, Iran then agreed to negotiate on the basis of the earlier talks, but without accepting all their earlier concessions. Russia, analysts believe, continues to play a constructive role in the Vienna talks, seeing neither a nuclear-armed Iran nor an American or Israeli attack on Iran as a palatable alternative to the nuclear deal. That means Mr. Putin was likely to pressure Iran to move faster — though he could be tempted to use Russian cooperation in the talks as bargaining leverage in Russia’s standoff with the West over Ukraine. “Russia neither wants Iran with a bomb nor Iran bombed,” said Ali Vaez, the Iran director of the International Crisis Group. “The Russians are very good at compartmentalizing their differences with the West.”   By NewYork Times Anton Troianovski reported from Moscow, Farnaz Fassihi from New York and Steven Erlanger from Brussels. Ivan Nechepurenko and Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting from Moscow.

[Category: Article, Politics, Iran-Russia relations, Iran-Russia Unity against U.S., Raisi's visit to Russia]

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[l] at 1/20/22 6:24am
Iranian President Raisi underlined the need for boosting the countrys exports to Russia and further expansion of trade and economic ties. Addressing the Iranian traders residing in Russia, President Raisi stressed the need to reduce barriers to issuing export licenses, saying that Irans share in the Russian market can definitely be improved. After a three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, President Raisi delivered a speech in a ceremony held in the presence of the Iranian traders residing in Russia. Travel for Iranian citizens and students abroad should be facilitated and their problems should be resolved, he said in this ceremony, calling on the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to address the problems of the Iranian students. All Iranians in any part of the world should do their best to achieve growth and development for their country, he also said, adding, Great Iranian men and women in the fields of science, culture, and art, as well as the Resistance, made history that we can be proud of. If we want to introduce the hero of the fight against terrorism to the world, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is the figure that we would name, President Rayeesi stressed. Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to his meeting with Putin, saying that common issues in the fields of economy, the strong role of Iran and Russia in the region, and the development of relations were discussed in the meeting. Referring to the possible ways for creating a suitable platform for Iranian goods in the Russian markets, he said, The Russian President also said that Irans share in the Russian market can definitely be improved. Statistics show that due to the efforts of Iranian businessmen and officials, Irans exports to other countries have increased in recent months, he underscored. President Rayeesi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss economic and trade cooperation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Kremlin.   By FARS

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran-Russia relations, Iran-Russia trade, Raisi's visit to Russia]

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[l] at 1/20/22 6:24am
Iranian President Raisi underlined the need for boosting the countrys exports to Russia and further expansion of trade and economic ties. Addressing the Iranian traders residing in Russia, President Raisi stressed the need to reduce barriers to issuing export licenses, saying that Irans share in the Russian market can definitely be improved. After a three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, President Raisi delivered a speech in a ceremony held in the presence of the Iranian traders residing in Russia. Travel for Iranian citizens and students abroad should be facilitated and their problems should be resolved, he said in this ceremony, calling on the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to address the problems of the Iranian students. All Iranians in any part of the world should do their best to achieve growth and development for their country, he also said, adding, Great Iranian men and women in the fields of science, culture, and art, as well as the Resistance, made history that we can be proud of. If we want to introduce the hero of the fight against terrorism to the world, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is the figure that we would name, President Rayeesi stressed. Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to his meeting with Putin, saying that common issues in the fields of economy, the strong role of Iran and Russia in the region, and the development of relations were discussed in the meeting. Referring to the possible ways for creating a suitable platform for Iranian goods in the Russian markets, he said, The Russian President also said that Irans share in the Russian market can definitely be improved. Statistics show that due to the efforts of Iranian businessmen and officials, Irans exports to other countries have increased in recent months, he underscored. President Rayeesi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss economic and trade cooperation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Kremlin.   By FARS

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran-Russia relations, Iran-Russia trade, Raisi's visit to Russia]

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[l] at 1/20/22 5:59am
 the successful model of Iran-Russia cooperation in Syria guaranteed the independence of countries and strengthened regional security, the Iranian president said in the Russian Duma session on Thursday. cooperation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Kremlin. Attending the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the second day of his visit to Moscow, the Iranian President delivered a speech for Duma members. In the beginning, the Iranian President expressed satisfaction on attending the State Duma and meeting with the representatives of the civilized people of Russia. I would like to thank Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin, the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of State Duma, and other members of the State Duma for organizing this session, added. Fortunately, there are good relations between the parliaments of the two countries, he said, adding that Iran attaches great importance to the role of parliaments in the development of relations between the two countries. The Iranian president said, We believe that the relations between Tehran and Moscow should be designed in such a way that they would be away from the interference of third parties and provide mutual benefits for nations. He went on to say that today, fortunately, a bright future is being witnessed regarding cooperation between Iran and Russia at bilateral, regional, and international levels. Strengthening Iran-Russia relations in bilateral and multilateral forms will boost the economies of the two nations and strengthen regional and international security, he said. The abundant economic and trade capacities of the two countries, along with the power and influence of the two sides in their geographical areas, can strengthen the convergence in the regions, he also noted. The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks maximum interaction with all countries of the world, especially its allies and neighboring countries, he said adding that the mutual interests of nations and formation of a civilized global community are the purpose and basis of this cooperation and interaction. He also spoke about the role of Resistance in defeating the global arrogance, saying, The successful model of Iran-Russia cooperation was in line with the resistance of the Syrian people and government, guaranteeing the independence of countries and strengthening regional security. Referring to Russias initiative to hold a counter-terrorism summit, he said that Iran welcomes Russias initiative to hold a counter-terrorism summit with the presence of Iranian, Russian, Turkish, Pakistani, and Chinese parliamentarians. He also expressed hope that Tehran-Moscow cooperation will lead to the promotion of relations, the establishment of peace and stability in the region.   By MEHRNEWS

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran-Russia cooperation, Iran-Russia relations, re, Syria crisis]

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[l] at 1/20/22 5:40am
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met on Thursday with the chairman of Russian muftis council Rawil Gaynutdin. Gaynutdin, chairman of Russian muftis council, went to President Raisi’s residence in Moscow in the morning. Raisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a two-day official visit. In the meeting, President Raisi said that extremism is what we should be concerned about besides faithlessness and atheism. He noted that extremism and Takfir have hurt Muslims, as some people have harmed the religion in the name of Islam. Having connections with the Muslims in Russia is of special importance for the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President underlined, adding that Iran and Russias stances in Syria werent against the non-believers, but against the puppets of the US and the Israeli regime. Gaynatudin invited Raisi to pay a visit to Moscow Cathedral Mosque, which the President accepted.   By IRNA

[Category: News, Politics, Iran-Russia relations, Iran-Russia religious dialogue, Rawil Gaynutdin, Russian muftis council chair]

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[l] at 1/20/22 4:50am
Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji said on Thursday that Iran has signed important agreements and documents with capable Russian companies. Owji who is accompanying President Ebrahim Raisi in the visit to Russia told IRNA’s correspondent in Moscow that he has had good meetings with Russia’s energy minister and deputy prime minister and more important agreements were achieved than expected. He said that good agreements were made and important documents were signed by capable Russian companies in gas and oil fields development, construction of refineries and transfer of technology and technological equipment. I can say the effects [of the agreements] will soon be witnessed in the area of energy, he said, adding that all the objectives will be realized, considering the serious will and determination of Iranian and Russian sides. The oil minister said that Iran had prepared a joint comprehensive program from a month ago and had delivered it to the Russian companies and they had shown interest. He pointed out that Iran and Russia are both targeted by sanctions and he has as the newly-appointed head of Iran-Russia joint economic commission informed the Russian side that the Islamic Republic of Iran, President Raisi’s administration, and the oil ministry are determined to have strong, constant ties with Russia. Iran and Russia had identical viewpoint and similar decisions in the OPEC Plus, the minister noted. Owji also wrote in a tweet after the meetings that Iran and Russia are two important players in global energy and have many areas to cooperate in.   By IRNA

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran-Russia agreement, Iran-Russia oil and gas cooperation, Iran-Russia relations, Javad Owji]

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[l] at 1/19/22 10:17am
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that there are various strategic issues in Tehran-Moscow relations and the two countries strategic views on foreign relations create the basis for new relations. In an inclusive interview with Nournews, Hossein Amir abdollahian touched upon the ongoing trip of President Raeisi to Russia, which is taking place in the framework of the Look-to-East foreign policy of his administration. As regards, the Persian Gulf security plan proposed by Russia Amir Abdollahian said, “Our goal is to maintain stability and security in the region. Iran has always emphasized its principled policy of strengthening relations with neighboring countries, building trust and dialogue with its neighbors, and achieving sustainable security through multilateral cooperation, partnership, and peace.” The Russian plan, the foreign minister said, is consistent with Irans values and is in line with Tehrans interests. He added that the Russian security plan is in accordance with international law, and is consistent with Irans interests in fighting against terrorism, achieving a region free from nuclear weapons. Besides, it takes into account the interests of regional countries, he also noted. The top Iranian diplomat also said that Tehran supported the efforts to hold a Security Council meeting on the Persian Gulf security  Oct 2020 in line with its goals. In response to the question If the ground is ready for long-term economic cooperation in the areas of energy, transit, transportation and investment in parallel with the political partnership,  Amir Abdollahian said There are various strategic issues in Tehran-Moscow relations. We look at Russia under Putin as different from the former Soviet Union, the two countries strategic views on foreign relations create the basis for new relations. Syria has been a successful model of regional cooperation between the two countries in recent years. “Despite the oppressive and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US against Iran, the private and public sectors of the two countries are interested in promoting cooperation in the field of export and import to Russia,” the minister added. “The development of long-term trade cooperation between the two sides, and the removal of some obstacles, including the weakness of infrastructure, financial resources and investment, and efforts to lift international sanctions against the two countries have been seriously placed on our agenda,” he went on to assert. The top Iranian diplomat also stated that Iran seeks a balance in its foreign relations. He went on to refer to new developments in foreign relations during the new Iranian administration and said that based on the new Look-to-East policy, Tehran has not begun the implementation of the Iran-China 25-year strategic partnership agreement. He added that Tehran has also prepared the ground for a similar agreement with Russia as the partnership with China. The new administration has also enhanced the trade relations with India, and has joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a permanent member, Iranian FM added.   By Mehrnews

[Category: News, Politics, Amir-Abdollahian, Iran-Russia relations, Tehran-Moscow relations]

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[l] at 1/19/22 9:09am
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow during his first visit to Russia as Iranian president, Ebrahim Raeisi says there is no hindrance lying in the way of improvement of relations between the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation. “We have no limitation for expansion and development of ties with Russia and are after establishment of strategic relations with Moscow,” the Iranian president said during the meeting on Wednesday. Raeisi is in the Russian capital for a state visit at the invitation of the Russian chief executive. The Islamic Republic has already signed a strategic partnership treaty with China that has outlined the roadmap for the Sino-Iranian ties for a 20-year-long term. And, right ahead of Raeisi’s visit to the Russian capital, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the new administration in Tehran followed a “new road map” to deepen ties with Moscow, adding that Iran and Russia were determined to update a 20-year cooperation treaty that they signed in 2001. Adding to his remarks, Raeisi said, “Documents of strategic cooperation can outline the horizon of the [countries’] relations over 20 years.” “We are after increasing the volume of commercial ties with Russia and will expend much effort in this area,” he noted. Raeisi hailed the countries’ anti-terror efforts in support of Syria as “good [common] experience that can serve as a basis for the [Russo-Iranian] relations.” ‘Sanctions can’t come in the way of Iran’s progress’ The Iranian president, meanwhile, said Tehran was in the midst of efforts aimed at removing the United States’ illegal and unilateral sanctions against the country. “We hope that [these efforts] would lead to removal of the sanctions,” he said, adding, however, that “the threat of sanctions cannot come in the way of Iran’s progress.” Putin, for his part, expressed delight to meet his Iranian counterpart, hailing that the two sides have been in constant communication since Raeisi’s inauguration last year. He acknowledged Tehran and Moscow’s contribution to Syria’s “transition past the terrorist threats.”   Source: Press TV

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[l] at 1/19/22 4:42am
Intensive diplomatic and expert consultations continue on Wednesday as Ali Bagheri Kani, Irans chief negotiator, arrived at the Coburg Hotel in Vienna to continue talks with the European envoys on the removal of sanctions. Meetings at the expert level started on Wednesday morning on various topics. These meetings are taking place based on an agreement reached at the lastest meeting of the Joint JCPIA Commission, during which the representatives of the P4+1 agreed to prioritize the removal of anti-Iran sanctions. So far, two expert meetings have been held on the implementation of a possible agreement since the beginning of the eighth round of talks on December 27. The majority of the negotiating delegations confirm that progress has been made in the talks and that negotiations are advancing. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has said some of the paracenteses, which are considered to be differences in the draft agreement, have been cleared and agreements on ideas are being turned into words and sentences. Meanwhile, an official close to the European negotiating team had previously said that the talks had reached a stage where the negotiators are discussing how to turn the issues agreed upon in principle into words and into documents. According to the latest reports, the negotiations are still ongoing and there is still no prospect for the end of the eighth round for the time being.   Source: Mehr

[Category: Headlines, News, JCPOA, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 1/19/22 1:01am
ran hails making considerable progress towards empowering women and girls, despite the United States’ illegal and inhumane sanctions targeting the country. The Islamic Republic’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks during a United Nations Security Council meeting addressing the issue of women, peace, and security on Tuesday. The envoy reminded how the bans not only violated the international law, but also breached the basic rights of women and girls, especially their right to development. “However, the Islamic Republic has made significant progress in enablement of women and girls, especially in the field of education,” he said. The United States reimposed the sanctions in 2018 after illegally and unilaterally leaving a 2015 deal between Iran and P5+1 group of countries. Washington has refused to lift the bans, even in the case of foodstuffs and medicine, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The Islamic Republic attaches much importance to the women’s role in socioeconomic development and the Iranian society’s sociopolitical life,” the envoy stated. Takht-Ravanchi, meanwhile, touched on the situation of women in West Asia, expressing dismay over the destructive effects of occupation and foreign intervention, as well as terrorist activities targeting girls and women in the region. He said the oldest case for such impairment would be the Palestinian women, who continued to suffer the consequences of decades of Israeli occupation and human rights violations. “In disputes and conflicts, efforts should be focused on addressing the root causes of violence against women,” the Iranian official said.   Source: Press TV

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[l] at 1/19/22 12:51am
Iran-Russia relations will prevent unilateralism in the world and create security in the region, said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi before leaving for the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday. Reis left Tehran for Moscow on Wednesday morning at the official invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. During his 2-day visit, he is set to meet and hold talks with Putin on bilateral relations between Iran and Russia and the JCPOA. Raisi is also scheduled to attend and address the plenary session of the Duma, hold a meeting with Iranians residing in Russia and participate in a symposium with Russian economic actors. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Petroleum and Economic Affairs and Finance will accompany the President on the trip.   Source: Mehr

[Category: Headlines, News, Iran-Russia relations]

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