Tehran says a long-term cooperation roadmap between Iran and Russia is at its final stage of development, as the Islamic Republic takes the initiative to expand its ties with neighboring, regional and friendly countries with the aim of neutralizing sanctions.
“We have launched a new initiative at the Foreign Ministry, namely 20-year cooperation roadmap documents with neighboring countries, including one with Russia which is almost finalized,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told state TV on Saturday.
Last month, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Tehran was ready to finalize a comprehensive document on long-term cooperation between the two countries.
Putin, for his part, welcomed Tehran’s proposals on the cooperation roadmap, saying, “We are determined to finalize and implement [the document] as soon as possible.”
“We will obtain permission from the cabinet to conduct negotiations and, like the 25-year cooperation roadmap we developed with China, we…