Russia, Iran aim to deepen trade across multiple sectors

He revealed that the joint Iran-Russia economic commission has emphasized expanding cooperation in areas such as shipbuilding, peaceful nuclear energy, oil and gas, transportation, science, medicine, agriculture, finance, and education.

In an interview with  IRNA, Russian Consul General Andrey Zhiltsov outlined ambitious plans to strengthen ties between Russia and Iran across a wide array of sectors, from space and aviation to tourism and culture.

Zhiltsov acknowledged that the current $4 billion in annual bilateral trade is “insignificant considering the existing capacity” between the two nations. He revealed that the joint Iran-Russia economic commission has emphasized expanding cooperation in areas such as shipbuilding, peaceful nuclear energy, oil and gas, transportation, science, medicine, agriculture, finance, and education.

Tourism was highlighted as a key area for growth, with the consul general noting that while over 6.5 million Russian tourists visited Turkey in 2023, only 10,000 travelled to Iran during the same period. “Joint efforts” are needed to increase tourism from Russia to Iran, he stated.

Pushing for a New World Order in a striking comment, Zhiltsov declared that Iran and Russia could play a crucial role in creating a new world order free from unilateralism to guarantee a just world.

Roadmap for Regional Cooperation The Russian diplomat also unveiled plans for deeper cooperation between the Iranian province of Isfahan and Russia’s Tatarstan Republic. A roadmap is being developed to facilitate ties between the two regions, with the Russian consulate in Isfahan aiming to collaborate more closely with Iranian chambers of commerce, universities, and religious institutions.

Zhiltsov expressed interest in fostering partnerships between other Russian regions and Iranian provinces like Yazd and Kerman as well. Celebrating Sister City Ties The 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Isfahan and St. Petersburg will be celebrated in the last three months of 2024, Zhiltsov revealed. He cited St. Petersburg’s rich history, industrial capabilities, and scientific prowess as assets that could benefit both cities through increased collaboration.

As Iran and Russia seek to insulate themselves from Western sanctions and project influence on the global stage, the comments from Zhiltsov offer a window into their deepening partnership across sectors – one that could reshape regional geopolitics in the years to come.