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After energy agreement, Iran sees growing trade with Russia

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Boasting that it’s a result of a multilateral nuclear deal, OPEC-member Iran said its trade volume with oil-rich Russia could pass the $10 billion mark.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hosted a dinner Tuesday night in Moscow for Iranian nationals living in Russia. As a result of improved opportunities, annual trade between the two counties is on pace to pass $10 billion.

“It takes several years for the people to know all the aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the Iranian president was quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency as saying.

Iran secured relief from sanctions under the multilateral deal in exchange for agreements to scale back its nuclear research program. Iran and Russia are close nuclear partners, with the latter providing fuel for the former’s Bushehr nuclear plant.

After clearing a debt load to its Iranian counterparts in early 2016, Royal Dutch Shell become one of the first companies to buy Iranian crude oil in the post-sanctions era. Last week, Iran reported a vessel loaded with its crude oil had docked its shipment for the market in Belarus.

Iranian trade representatives raised the possibility of oil swaps and refinery construction during a visit to Moscow in late 2014. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in February said both sides were revisiting that deal with a focus on securing 100,000 barrels of oil per day from Iran under modified terms. Iranian officials at the time said that deal could materialize in March, though no announcement has surfaced so far.

Russian energy company Gazprom, however, announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Co. during Rouhani’s visit to Moscow.

“The parties will examine the avenues for cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon prospecting, exploration and production within Iran,” the Russian company announced in a statement.

Both sides are party to an agreement led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties to limit production in an effort to balance the market. Russia is contributing as a non-member state, while Iran is the only OPEC member with room for growth as it looks to regain a market share lost to sanctions.

The deal is aimed at restoring balance to an oversupplied market. A previous OPEC policy of defending a market share with strong production, coupled with higher U.S. crude oil production, helped push crude oil prices below $30 per barrel last year.

3 Comments on "After energy agreement, Iran sees growing trade with Russia"

  1. Davy on Fri, 31st Mar 2017 6:43 am 

    “As a result of improved opportunities, annual trade between the two counties is on pace to pass $10 billion.”
    Can you spell pimple on the global economies ass?

  2. dissident on Fri, 31st Mar 2017 9:13 pm 

    American masturbator can’t keep his xenophobic chauvinist trap shut. Davy-boy, the trade is not fixed at this figure for all time. So your comment is null right off the bat. Then there is the delicious frustration of Uncle Scumbag’s global rule ambitions by helping Iran survive any sanctions you clowns can throw at it.

    America calls Shi’ites terrorists while sponsoring every Wahabbi from Chechnya to Syria to Saudi Arabia. Exceptionalistan is truly detached from reality and thinks it is some God-created node of invincibility. Pride cometh before the fall.

  3. Davy on Sat, 1st Apr 2017 5:14 am 

    Your empiristan caricature may be true anti-American canuk circle jerker but crowing about what is now that ain’t shit makes you look dumbass. Hey, Einstein wanna-be what is 2% of nottin? You are preaching your emotional agenda of American hate as usual so go blow makati. Your Iranian skydaddy preaching and policy making thugs are nothing more than your sex toy of anti-American hate. Pick a better nation and an order of magnitude more trade level potency to use as your anti-American baton. I admire Putin and Russia in many ways but they are still a mafia state bent on American style ambitions. You don’t see that because you are an idiot anti-American Canadian Russophile. You are also a board pussy that I love skinning.

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