Russia FM heads to Iran for talks

TEHRAN, 23 June 2022, (TON): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due in Iran for talks on boosting trade and energy cooperation as the two countries grapple with Western economic sanctions.

Tehran and Moscow both have huge oil and gas reserves but are constrained by sanctions that limit their ability to export their output.

Iran’s official news agency said “Lavrov will meet our foreign minister (Hossein Amir-Abdollahian).”

Russia was slapped with sanctions following its February invasion of neighboring Ukraine, while Iran’s economy has been reeling under biting sanctions reimposed by the US in 2018, following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear accord between Tehran and major powers.

Russia played a key role in that deal, taking charge of Iran’s excess enriched uranium stocks beyond those permitted under the agreement.

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