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Iran, Russia to increase trade exchanges to $200B

Tehran, Oct 17, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday agreed to increase bilateral trade and economic exchanges to dlrs 200 billion by the next decade. The agreement was made by the two presidents in their second meeting Tuesday evening.

During the meeting, President Putin voiced his country's determination to complete Bushehr power plant and to supply its fuel.

Referring to Putin's visit to Tehran as a milestone in the two countries bilateral relations, Ahmadinejad stressed that expansion of Tehran-Moscow cooperation particularly in the area of energy would guarantee the two countries political and economic interests.

President Putin reiterated that promotion of Iran-Russia relations would help establish global peace and stability.

He further voiced his country's readiness to make joint investments with Iran in the areas of oil and gas.

On completion of Bushehr nuclear power plant, he stressed that Moscow will not be influenced by diplomatic pressures by the West and therefore will complete the plan.

He also called for expansion of bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology.

Meanwhile, President Putin was officially seen off by his Iranian counterpart Tuesday evening.

During the ceremony, the national anthems of the two countries were played and then the two presidents reviewed a guard of honor.

Talking to reporters after the seen off ceremony, President Ahmadinejad referred to talks with his Russian counterpart as "positive, constructive, useful and objective".

President Putin arrived in Tehran Tuesday morning at the head of a high-ranking delegation to attend the 2nd summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states.

President Putin and his accompanying delegation, who arrived in Tehran on two Ilyushin-96 planes, were welcomed by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

During his stay in Tehran, President Putin was received by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Putin was the first Russian president visiting Tehran after about 65 years when Josef Stalin visited the country in 1943.

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