President in a meeting with his Russian counterpart: Iran-Russia top officials' consultations serve both nations, region's interests
The Presidents of Iran and Russia described bilateral, regional and international relations friendly, positive and developing, and stressed the necessity of efforts to develop and deepen Tehran-Moscow relations.
Speaking in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday evening on the sidelines of the fifth trilateral summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey in Ankara, President Hassan Rouhani described the two countries' relations strategic, growing and progressive, adding, "In addition to political and economic relations, Iran and Russia have good ties in defense and nuclear cooperation".
The President added, "Consultations and friendly interaction between the senior Iranian and Russian officials on the sidelines of various international summits, including the United Nations, Shanghai and Eurasia, as well as the multilateral relations of the two countries, especially with Turkey on Syria and with Azerbaijan in the field of transportation, are in the interest of both nations and the region".
Dr Rouhani continued, "With the will of the two governments, the relations between Iran and Russia are now closer than ever".
"The two countries' use of national currency in trade relations has been increasing over the past months and will continue," he said.
Dr Rouhani reiterated, "Iran's cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union, which will become operationalised soon, will provide a great opportunity for the development of bilateral and regional cooperation in various economic fields".
President welcomed the construction of the Sirik Power Plant in the south and the Incheboron-Garmsar railroad's electrification as another symbol of the new chapter in cooperation between the two countries, and said, "Iran welcomes the investment of Russian economic and private sectors in various economic fields and the development of joint projects".
Dr Rouhani said, "Today, America is looking for disorder in the world and keeps violating international regulations one after the other, so we have to stand up to unilateralism by expanding our cooperation".
"Today, as the United States has withdrawn from the JCPOA without reason, the other parties to the agreement, especially Russia, can play a positive role in saving the deal," the president said, adding that the JCPOA was an important international agreement and a symbol of diplomatic settlement of an issue.
Dr Rouhani stated, "Iran's moves in reducing its JCPOA obligations are a step towards maintaining the deal, and Iran is ready to return to its commitments if the other parties do so".
The President described cooperation between Iran, Russia and Turkey on the Astana Process important in the development of lasting security and stability in Syria and noted, "Today, Syria is in critical conditions and the government has achieved good victories against the terrorists. Therefore, the interactions and assistance of the three countries could continue to have a greater impact on the development of security in Syria and the region".
Dr Rouhani continued, "The most important thing for Syria now is the operationalisation of agreements on clearing Idlib of terrorists and stabilising the region".
Russian President Vladimir Putin also said, "Tehran and Moscow have good relations in various international stages, especially at the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Union".
Putin said that Russia welcomes Iran's presence in the Eurasian Economic Union and sees it as an important opportunity for the development of bilateral and regional cooperation.
"Russia is also committed to continuing cooperation with Iran in the defense, military and nuclear fields," he said.
Putin noted, "The role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in resolving regional issues, particularly in advancing the political mechanism for resolving the Syrian crisis, combatting terrorist groups, and forming and constituting a constitutional committee in the country, is very positive".
The Russian president emphasised that Moscow's position was to preserve the JCPOA and to work in this direction.
He continued, "Russia is committed to the JCPOA and considers the IAEA's monitoring of Iran's nuclear activities the most important indicator of Iran's compliance with its obligations".