Iran has emphasized the significance of strong bilateral ties between the Islamic Republic and Russia, saying Tehran will not allow anything to disrupt ties between the all-weather allies.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency, said relations between Tehran and Moscow are “strategic” and cannot be allowed to be disrupted.
Russia has been reeling under unprecedented economic sanctions from the US and European countries since it launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February.
The sanctions imposed on Moscow are similar to those slapped on Iran by the United States in 2018 when Washington unilaterally pulled out of an international deal on Iran’s nuclear program and announced a campaign of maximum economic pressure.
The two countries have significantly boosted their ties despite the US sanctions, with Iran signing an agreement with the Russia-led EAEU bloc of Eurasian economies.
Trade ties between Iran and Russia exceeded $4 billion in value terms over the Iranian calendar year to March. However, the two countries have insisted that the volume of trade could be more than doubled because of new geopolitical realities in the region.
Commenting on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Khatibzadeh blamed the current situation in Ukraine on NATO’s eastward expansion and the West’s failure to take into consideration Russia’s security concerns.
By PRESS TV