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Russia stress on strong ties with Iran

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksander Yakovenko, speaking in Moscow on Thursday, stressed the high level of confidence that exists between Tehran and Moscow, IRNA reported.

Speaking to IRNA, Yakovenko said that discussion this week between Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani and Russian official were satisfactory and constructive.

The agreement on the prospect for relations and principles of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow signed between Mohammad Khatami and Vladimir Putin in 2001 has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations, he underlined.

The two countries will continue bilateral and international cooperation, and are committed to multilateralism, dialogue among civilizations and resolving of issues based on international law and the central role of the UN.

He said the two counties have solid potentials for expansion of collaboration in economic, transportation, and oil a gas sectors. He said the Russia has high regard for moratorium declared by Iran on its uranium enrichment activities, saying, "The decision will open up a wealth of opportunities for Iran for international cooperation." He said Tehran and Moscow are determined on issues relating to prospect for cooperation on international terrorism and regional and world security.

The two sides have stressed on the principle of good neighborly relations and will cooperate on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan well as efforts to determine a legal regime for the Caspian Sea. "We attach importance to the our ties with Iran on combating terrorism and welcome Iran's assistance in this regard. "Iran's arrest of over 500 of al-Qaeda members points to Tehran's resolve in its anti-terrorism policy," he added.

He said Russia will abide by its commitments on the construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant nuclear saying 'it will do its utmost to expedite its completion'.

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said no one could make Russia curtail nuclear cooperation program with Iran. Ivanov told journalists upon his arrival in Yerevan on Monday, "No one can make Russia to curtail its nuclear cooperation program with Iran.

"I don't believe that anyone can accuse Russia of proliferating weapons of mass destruction because of our cooperation with Iran in order to complete the construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr," Ivanov said.

"Russia and the European Union (EU) have practically identical positions on Iran's nuclear program and now we can consider this problem closed," the Russian minister said.

He added, "Tehran said it stopped work with regard to its uranium enrichment program. IAEA inspectors will be able to check it on the spot.

"Iran is ready to join the Additional Protocol with the IAEA on the return of spent fuel to Russia and get IAEA inspectors access to all its facilities without any restrictions.

"Under these circumstances, it's even theoretically impossible to suspect Iran of being unconscientious with regard to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," Ivanov further said.

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