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    Russia, Iran May Launch Oil-for-Goods Program in 2017 - Energy Minister

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    The Russia-Iran cooperation under the "oil-for-goods" program may start in 2017, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on the sidelines of an international Arctic forum Wednesday.

    ARKHANGELSK (Sputnik) — Iranian media reported last month that the agreement would envision selling Russia 100,000 barrels per day. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak later clarified that the oil delivery volume under the "oil-for-goods" deal could reach 5 million tonnes of oil annually.

    "Now changes have been introduced to the relevant contract, which clarified certain points. The procedures for intra-state coordination are underway now, and after this is over, it [the program] will come into force and implementation of specific agreements will begin," Novak said.

    "I believe this year we have all opportunities to start cooperation," he said when asked at what stage of development the 'oil-for-goods' program was.

    Earlier in March, Russian trade representative in Iran Andrei Lugansky told Sputnik that the total volume of goods that Russia could deliver to Iran under the "oil-for-goods" deal between could reach $45 billion annually.

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