A delegation from Russia's upper house of parliament has been meeting with senior officials in Tehran for talks aimed at expanding ties in the defense and energy sectors following a nuclear deal with world powers.
Federal Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko met separately with Iranian
President Hassan Rohani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on November
14, the final day of the Russian delegation's two-day visit.
Matviyenko said Rohani reassured her about Tehran's commitment to fully honor its obligations under the nuclear deal.
Federal Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko with Iranian President Hassan Rohani
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)
Viktor Ozerov, head of Federal Council's Defense and Security Committee, said
talks included a potential $10 billion arms deal for delivery to Iran of Russian
tanks, artillery systems, planes, and helicopters.
Russian oil and gas company chiefs from Gazprom, Tatneft, LUKoil, and Zarubezhneft are due to visit Iran later this week for talks about possible energy contracts.
The meetings come ahead of the January 20 inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to "tear up" the nuclear deal with Iran.
The accord lifted international sanctions against Iran exchange for guarantees that Tehran is not secretly developing nuclear weapons.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, Interfax IRNA, and ISNA
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