The cancellation of the visit of the Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to Iran, the newspaper “Kommersant” said government sources. The publication writes that Iran planned to fly several high-ranking officials. In addition to Rogozin, the first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Minister of energy Alexander Novak.
Plane officials had to fly to Tehran on Monday morning. However, as told by the interlocutors of the newspaper, Rogozin canceled his visit, citing “technical reasons”. Visits Shuvalov and Novak any changes have not undergone.
Earlier, according to the newspaper, the upcoming visit of the Russian officials announced the Ambassador of Iran in Russia Mehdi Sanai. His statement appeared on the website of Iranian news agencies Mehr and IRNA. It was reported that Rogozin was to head the Russian delegation at the negotiations on expansion of cooperation of Russia and Iran in the field of technology development and defense.
Sources told the publication that the reason for the cancellation of the visit was the announcement by the Iranian side information about the upcoming visit of Rogozin, although he initially asked for confidentiality.
As told by the interlocutors, in addition to the meeting of the Committee on science and technology sides were expected to discuss “sensitive topics”. In particular, “had a difficult conversation about the reasons for the orientation of Iranian partners for the purchase of planes from Western countries”: “We give Iran tremendous support, and they take the technique from someone who demeans sanctions.”
The newspaper reminds that the Iranian airline Iran Air at the beginning of December last year signed with the American Corporation Boeing the contract for the supply of 80 aircraft. Also have a contract with the European company Airbus, implying supply Iran with 100 aircraft. While cooperation with Russia is much more modest, the newspaper notes. In 2016, “Sukhoi Civil aircraft” (SCAC) signed with one of the Iranian airline “Memorandum of understanding” for the supply of regional aircraft the Sukhoi Superjet 100 values. However, the document is purely a framework and not of a binding nature.