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Tehran, Moscow underscore need to boost trade
3/10/2013 9:35:44 AM
Iranian Industry, Mines, and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari and Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov met in Tehran on Friday, calling for expanding trade of wood, steel, and wheat products.
 
Kalamanov referred to heavy industries, car, mining, pharmaceutical, and medical industries as the good opportunities for boosting cooperation between the two countries.
 
Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan has said that the two countries are willing to give a boost to their bilateral trade.
 
He added that his country will make effort to replace the U.S. dollar with the Russian ruble in a bid to facilitate the two-way trade.
 
On February 12, Iran and Russia signed two deals for boosting bilateral trade in Moscow.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak attended the signing ceremony, which was held at the end of the 10th annual meeting of the Russian-Iranian Business Council (RIBC).
 
In June 2012, Ghazanfari said that annual trade between Iran and Russia is currently around $4 billion, but the two countries have the potential to raise it to $8 billion.
 
In January 2012, Iran and Russia started using the rial and the ruble in their trade exchanges and dropped the U.S. dollar.