Russian researcher describes Iran-Russia strategic agreement of high significance

Moscow, IRNA – Stanislav Pritchin, a research fellow at Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the strategic partnership agreement to be signed between Iran and Russia was of high significance.

In an interview with IRNA on Monday, Pritchin noted that the agreement was discussed in the recent meeting of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Pritchin believed that Iran and Russia, as two big economies of Eurasia, have great capacities for economic cooperation which have failed to be realized for many reasons.

The strategic partnership agreement would be indeed a road map for expansion of strategic cooperation between the two countries in the long run and Tehran and Moscow would adjust their ties in accordance with the agreement, the Russian researcher opined.

He underlined that the previous Tehran-Moscow 20-year agreement signed in 2001 could no longer serve as a basis to expand ties and the two sides recognized the necessity to review and update the agreement.

Iran and Russia can cooperate in such important areas as science, technology, industry, heavy machinery, power plants, railroad modernization, train car manufacturing, energy, and underground resources explorations, the expert stressed.

He said that the International Eurasia Expo held in Tehran was an important step to introduce Iran’s capabilities, while there is little knowledge in Iran about Russia’s capacities in sophisticated technologies in some cases.

Therefore, experts from both countries should carefully discuss the agreement and these issues should be considered before it is signed, Pritchin underscored.

He also noted that Iran and Russia could cooperate to prevent any transregional power from entering the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea.

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