TEHRAN, November 23. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived on a one-day working visit to Tehran. In the Iranian capital, the Russian leader will take part in the summit of the Forum of gas exporting countries (GECF) and hold a series of bilateral meetings, including with the leadership of the Islamic Republic.
The last time Putin visited Iran in 2007.
According to the assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov, the Russian President is scheduled to speak at the plenary session of the summit. The representative of the Kremlin did not disclose the content of the upcoming performance, but stressed that Moscow “fully supports” the thesis, formulated as the theme of the Tehran summit: “Natural gas is the best fuel for sustainable growth”.
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Putin will speak at the summit of gas exporting countries in Tehran
According to Ushakov, the meeting participants plan to discuss the prospects of the global gas market and promote gas consumption as the most affordable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly form of energy.
“Will exchange views on topical issues standing in the way of gas industry development. Special attention will be paid to possible coordinated steps to promote the interests of producer countries. Speech, in particular, we will focus on maintaining the practice of long term gas supply contracts and fair risk sharing between suppliers and consumers of fuel,” said assistant to the President.
The summit is expected to adopt a joint Declaration, which will reflect the principled position of the countries-participants of the Forum on the priority issues of cooperation in the gas sphere.
In Tehran on Monday Putin will meet with the Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
According to Ushakov, considerable attention at the talks with the Iranian leadership will be paid to topical international issues: “a settlement of the conflict in Syria, the implementation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action regarding Iran’s nuclear program, combat terrorism, in particular, combating banned in the Russian terrorist group “Islamic state”.
In addition, “it is expected that the interviews will take place the exchange of opinions on all complex of questions of bilateral cooperation: trade and investment cooperation, nuclear energy, oil and gas, military-technical cooperation”, said the representative of the Kremlin.
Also the Russian President on Monday will meet with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and possibly with other leaders participating in the summit.
“There are appointment requests, particularly from the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. We will look how to lay out the agenda of this event, and, accordingly, will try to find the “window” for these and possibly other contacts, including short contacts “on the ground”, – said Ushakov.