Russia and Iran have agreed on visa-free travels for tourist groups

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, March 28, held in the Kremlin negotiations with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. A day earlier, Rouhani met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Putin outcome of the negotiations told the press that Iran’s President discussed a wide range of topics. The presidents agreed to “deepen cooperation, especially in economy”. In 2016, the trade turnover between the countries rose more than 70%, Putin said. “This is a really good result,” — said the Russian President, pointing out that it was achieved in an unstable international environment. According to the FCS, the volume of Russian-Iranian trade turnover in 2016 has increased compared to the previous year to 70.1 per cent to $2.18 billion While Russian exports increased by 85.5% ($1.89 billion in 2016), while imports from Iran increased by 13.2% ($302,6 million).

The talks were the possibilities for further increasing mutual investments, said the President. In particular, we will study the possibility of using in mutual settlements in national currencies.

Putin and Rouhani said that he had discussed the prospect of creating a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian economic Union. However, on the specific arrangements in this matter have not been reported.

In the presence of the two presidents was signed 16 documents including visa-free travels for tourist groups. The agreement will provide conditions to develop tourism, expressed hope Putin.

The presidents also stated the need for the development of cooperation in the energy field. “Allocated state loans for a total amount of €2.2 billion under the financing of the construction of the power plant on the Persian Gulf and the electrification of Railways in the North of Iran,” Putin said.

Discussed presidents and international events. Putin said that Iran is facilitating negotiations to resolve the situation in Syria. The Russian President expressed hope for the speedy preparation of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea.

A two-day official visit of the head of the Islamic Republic in Moscow became the third since his election as President in June 2013. With Putin, Rouhani met eight times — the last meeting was held in August 2016 in Azerbaijan.