TEHRAN (Iran News) – Managing Director of Iran-Russia Friendship Association (IRRUFA) says Iran-Russia 25-year cooperation document should not be a document between the two states and it is an operational document that people should accept this 25-year cooperation document with Russia.
Speaking in a press conference on the occasion of the upcoming visit of President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Moscow, Mr. Amir Mahmoudzadeh said this association has been launched and registered with the approval of the Iran Foreign Ministry and one of the goals of the association is to change the view and approach of the Russian and Iranian nations to each other.
He said in ties with Russia, Tehran is facing four challenges of illusion, ignorance, rent-seeking and contradiction of interests, adding that some people are trying to tarnish the ties between Tehran and Russia and some of the statesmen have admitted that they are facing the mentioned challenges.
Mahmoudzadeh noted that Russians have been Iran’s strategic friends adding that although they are Iran’s rivals in some fields like energy, they are at the same time strategic friends of Iran in some other fields. He emphasized that Iran’s need to Russia is not a one-way road and Russia needs Iran as much as Iran needs this country.
He went on to say that one of the missions of Russia in its foreign policy document is to progress in India, adding that to get to India, Russia needs Iran’s Chabahar Port and today the corridor of Chabahar-Rasht-Anzali-Astara-Moscow is considered the most important corridor and some major important events will take place in the North-South corridor that they can increase the transit rights of Iran considerably.
Mahmoudzadeh said that he believes the Iran-Russia cooperation document should be given to experts to study it and no government document should be prepared and this document should be an operational one and people should accept the 25-year cooperation document between Iran and Russia.
On return of Iran’s exported bell pepper to Russia, he said Russia in a letter had warned about the quality of this agro product and we should see who in the country has ignored this warning.
On President Raisi’s visit to Moscow which will happen at the invitation of Russian President, he said this can be decisive for the region and it is a very important event for the country. He added that one of the issues to be discussed during the visit is the Vienna talks and one should not forget this fact that Iran is a powerful regional state and any country wants to have active transit in the field of energy needs Iran.
On the proposals of the association for reinforcing Iran-Russia ties, he said the association has presented its proposals on four axes, adding that first, the SWIFT of Iran and Russia should be based on the Russian currency roubles, adding that both countries need a joint bank in their countries.
Mahmoudzadeh added that the next axis is the issue of promoting tourism in the Caspian Sea and both sides should not remain negligent on this issue, adding that the other important axis which is important in the ties of Russia and Iran is border economy that unfortunately Iran has been negligent in the border economy with its 15 neighbor states. He stated that the fourth axis is the issue of using the North-South corridor.
On teaching Russian language to enthusiasts in Iran, adding that 1500 people have been taught Russian, adding that he believes Russian language is considered a tool for development and progress.