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Ahmadinejad calls perspective of Iran-Russia ties 'very good'

Source: ISNA

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the perspective of Iran-Russia relations as "very good" and called for the further expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries in different fields.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

"The perspective of Iran-Russia cooperation is very good. We are in the same block based on international blocs. We are seeking establishment of justice, independence and honor and we oppose unilateralism and international intervention," he told reporters in Russia.

"There are very good potentials in Iran and Russia for the further strength of mutual cooperation," he added.

Ahmadinejad, who is in Russia for the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) meeting, called the conference a 'good step' to unify the member states and move towards becoming an efficient international organization.

The Iranian President left Tehran for Moscow on Monday morning to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 2nd summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) meeting in Moscow

President Ahmadinejad is in Russia at the head of a high-ranking delegation attending the second summit of the GECF. The two-day summit kicked off in the Grand Kremlin Palace and was chaired by the Russian president.

Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela are the eleven members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

The gas cartel is still officially known as the Gas Forum, but major exporters Iran and Russia last year started a move to change the body into an OPEC like organization called the Organization of Gas Exporting Countries (OGEC).

Iran, Russia, Qatar, Venezuela and Algeria are among the GECF's member states which possess 42% of the world's gas reserves.

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