Russia, Iran Preparing to Implement Uranium Export Deal

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Under the deal, Iran will export its enriched uranium to Russia.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian and Iranian experts are preparing for the implementation of the deal to export Iran's enriched uranium to Russia, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said Tuesday.

"Such contacts are constantly being held on the expert level, as the export of such materials is a complex task and requires certain technical measures, including to ensure the safety of shipments," Kabulov told RIA Novosti.

According to the diplomat, talks on the issue are currently at the stage of "preparing the implementation of the agreement."

Head of Russia's Energy Giant LUKoil to Visit Iran in September

President of Russian energy giant LUKoil Vagit Alekperov is set to visit Iran in September, Kabulov added.

"Very soon, in September, Vagit Alekperov is going on a visit to Iran," Kabulov said.

Russian companies "need to act quickly, because competitors are not sleeping," the diplomat said, commenting on the development of Russia-Iran relations following the signing of the Iran nuclear deal.

LUKoil reopened its office in Iran this spring in anticipation of the July success of Tehran's nuclear deal with the six world powers.

Following a withdrawal from the Anaran project due to international sanctions imposed on Iran in 2007, LUKoil reportedly sustained an estimated $63-million loss.

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The Anaran field, with an estimated oil reserve of 2 billion barrels, was operated by a consortium of Norwegian StatoilHydro (75 percent) and LUKoil Overseas (25 percent).

A number of Western companies have vied for billions of US dollars to be potentially freed up in the wake of Iran’s nuclear agreement with international negotiators.

The July 14 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) envisions the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions conditional on its implementation of the agreement. The UN Security Council unilaterally voted to approve the JCPOA on July 20.

LUKoil is one of the world's largest companies producing crude oil and gas, and refining petroleum products and petrochemicals, according to the company website.

Russia-Iran Commission to Discuss Resumption of Frozen Bilateral Projects

The Russia-Iran intergovernmental commission will meet this fall to consider the resumption of joint projects that were frozen over international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Kabulov said.

"Western sanctions that were not supported by the UN Security Council strongly influenced the trade with Iran. The removal of these restrictions would finally allow them to resume previously agreed projects."

According to the diplomat, Iran is highly interested in exporting food products to Russia, and Iranian companies are actively trying to enter the Russian market, not only through the government, but also through contacts with Russian regions.

"We support and welcome this," he said.

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In July, China, France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany reached a deal with Iran to ensure the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions against the country.

The same month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would actively participate in the reprofiling of Fordow, Iran's former enrichment facility, as an isotope production facility for medical and industrial purposes and the removal of uranium from the country.

Earlier in August, Moscow and Tehran agreed that Iran's excess low-enriched uranium will be exchanged for natural uranium.

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