Rouhani meets with Medvedev and Putin in Moscow, over a dozen agreements signed

Iranian President on two-day tour in Russia, meets with PM and Putin; Medvedev: Moscow is determined to deepen ties with Tehran in all fields.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Moscow on Monday for a two-day visit with Russian officials, the visit centered on boosting economic ties and bilateral relations.

Rouhani is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh and a delegation of Iranian officials, both government and private sector.

On Monday, Rouhani met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ahead of a meeting with President Putin on Tuesday. He stated upon arrival that “I hope that a new turning-point in the development of our relations will be reached,” the Russian Prime Minister stating in response “Moscow is determined to deepen ties with Tehran in all fields. Currently, there are good relations between the two countries and there is no doubt that this visit will contribute a lot to deepening Tehran-Moscow relations.”

Rouhani’s meeting with Putin was centered on Syria, “resolutions to terrorism” and various agreements in cooperation trade, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The leaders reportedly signed 14 memorandums of understanding in the areas of economy, tourism, energy and more.

Putin stated ahead of their meeting, “Tehran and Moscow have hold partnership in all areas which entails international affairs as well as resolving extremely complicated issues in political and economic sectors.”

Russia and Iran continue to develop strong economic ties, specifically in the areas of arms sales and energy. Trade between the two counties has doubled in the past year, Russia the first country to resume trade with Iran, even before sanctions under the nuclear deal were relieved.