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
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
"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
"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
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