Source: Press TV
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak says Moscow and Tehran have discussed deliveries of Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes to Iran amid uncertainties about deals with Boeing and Airbus. "We discussed the possibility of Sukhoi Superjet 100 purchase by our Iranian partners and outlined a plan of how this can be put it into practice," Russian media quoted him as saying in Moscow Tuesday.
Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet
(photo by KatsuhikoTokunaga)
Novak made the remarks after a joint commission meeting of the two countries’ officials, stating that the two sides also agreed on supplies of Russian-made vehicles, such as KAMAZ and UAZ buses and trucks, to Iran.
"Today we discussed the deliveries of rail carriages. We have already delivered 1,200 of them and plan to deliver about 3,000 in 2018," the Rossiya-24 TV channel quoted him as saying.
The two sides were also working to sign free trade documents between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union countries possibly in May, Novak said.
"The move to enter into a temporary agreement making for a free trade zone to be set up between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, which is currently at an advanced stage, will obviously trigger further development of our bilateral trade and expansion of investment cooperation," he said.
Talks on establishing a free trade zone between Iran and the group which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan began in 2015.
Novak said Russia and Iran also need to step up work to increase their volume of trade in national currencies.
According to the Russian minister, bilateral trade in 2017 stood at $1.7 billion, but “there are still unresolved issues”.
“I think it is necessary to intensify the work in this direction with a view to ensure an increase in the volume of trade in our national currencies, and to further simplify the calculation procedures," Novak said.
Last month, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport for review by Iranian aviation experts and officials with the aim of possible purchases.
The 108-seat twin-engine SSJ-100 is among Iran's options for renovation of its fleet of regional jets, alongside Japan's Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Brazil's Embraer. However like Boeing and Airbus, the companies need clearance from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for trade with the Islamic Republic.
President Donald Trump is currently considering whether to grant licenses to Boeing to sell 80 planes to Iran Air under a deal signed in December 2016.
Boeing has signed a separate deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines for the sale of at least 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.
Trump’s possible opposition could further affect Iran Air’s deal with Airbus for the purchase of 100 passenger jets. The Iranian company has already received three Airbus jets in 2017 but the first Boeing delivery is due around May 2018.
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