Monday, 13 January, 2020

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrives in Russia for Kremlin talks

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Russia for a two-day official visit.

He was greeted by a guard of honour after landing in Moscow to discuss bilateral issues and cooperation between the two countries.

Rouhani will see his counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Tuesday, and he will also meet Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during the trip.

Beginning a visit to Moscow, Rouhani told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: “I hope that a new turning-point in the development of our relations will be reached.”

A number of bilateral documents are expected to be signed after the series of meetings.

Iranian arms purchases and Russian investment in the Iranian energy sector are likely talking points for Rouhani, less than two months before Iran’s May 19 presidential election.

Earlier Rouhani said he welcomed Russian investment in Iran’s gas and oil fields, signaling major developments in energy cooperation between the two countries.

As Syria’s six year-long civil war has sucked in both regional and international players, Iran and Russia have found themselves forging a new strategic alliance in the Middle East.

Along with Turkey, Russia and Iran have taken the lead in peace talks – mainly because the United States’ influence in the region has waned. And notably those talks have taken place in Astana, the capital of a former Soviet Republic, Kazakhstan.

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