The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the upcoming visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ibrahim Raisi to Moscow a significant event.

Iran PressEurope: "The visit of the Iranian president to Moscow is a very important event," Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow on Friday, summing up the results of Russia's foreign policy in 2021.

He further explained that political contacts between Tehran and Moscow must be resumed.

He reminded that the corona pandemic has turned out to be an obstacle for the meetings and trips of the delegations of the two countries, continued: "Vladimir Putin and Ibrahim Raisi, the Presidents of Russia and Iran, had several telephone calls."

The Russian Foreign Minister said: "In the meeting of the Presidents of Iran and Russia, all issues of the Iran-Russia relations agenda will be discussed and examined."

He added: "Considering the change of the Iranian government last year, we must see how the policy of this country continues."

Lavrov said that Iran and Russia have many joint projects, adding that the two countries are working on these projects, and the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between Iran and Russia is also taking action in this regard.

He continued: "Undoubtedly, among international issues, the ones such as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  and the security of the Persian Gulf will be discussed in the meeting of the Presidents of Iran and Russia."

Iran and Russia cooperate in the UN

Stating that Iran and Russia cooperate in the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and other international organizations, Lavrov continued: "Iran is a member of our group that defends and supports international principles and the UN Charter."

"We are cooperating on a number of regional issues, including the Middle East," he explained.

The head of the Russian diplomatic service reminded that the cooperation between Iran and Russia to resolve the Syrian issue is within the framework of the Astana talks, adding: "Our cooperation with Iran and Turkey in resolving the Syrian issue is a good example of international cooperation."

"This cooperation is a model of the countries' interaction to resolve an issue that they have come together to resolve, despite the

inconsistencies of their positions," Lavrov said.

Achieving real progress in JCPOA

The Russian Foreign Minister also said that the West should not create psychological tension in implementing the JCPOA, adding that real progress has been made on the issue of reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"I am optimistic about the talks to revive JCPOA in Vienna," Lavrov said.

In this process, we are witnessing real progress and a real desire in the first place between Iran and the United States to understand each other's concerns.

He added: "These concerns are gathered in one package and it is important that they are considered in one collection." JCPOA itself is an agreement in the form of a comprehensive package.

"The negotiators in Vienna are experienced," said the head of Russia's diplomatic service."


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