Proton-M manufacturing defect caused launch failure, Russia's Central Bank suggested banks monitor employees, U.S. congressmen concerned about Russia-Iran oil deal, U.S., Iran to hold nuclear talks, Families of lost Malaysian airliner passengers launch appeal for whistle-blowers, Russia's special economic zones to be controlled by regions. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes cooperation between Russia and Iran will continue. "I believe that we shall be able to continue this work, whatever turbulence occurs in international relations and around Iran," Putin said at a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held on the margins of the CICA (Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia) summit.
John McCain, channeling America's inner Mr. Hyde, has repeatedly stated that “the strategy of the US must be built in opposition to Russia's gas strategy, as this will be the end of Putin and his empire". Barack Obama promised to kick Gazprom out of Europe with American shale gas exports. However, there are hints that Russia may be silently preparing a countermove against the US with the help of a former American ally.
The US is trying hard to make Russia feel isolated in order to "punish" it for challenging the results of the Cold War. However, the only visible result of this campaign is that Russian Internet users joke about #RussiaIsolated hashtag promoted by the State Department.
Russian-Iranian talks on trade and economic interaction were not interrupted given the Western reaction to the situation with Crimea, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said."We are having conversations with Iran on trade and economic relations. They have not been completed. We don't see reasons why we should give up the development of economic relations with Iran. We are not violating any international sanctions by such actions," Deputy Foreign Minister Vasili Nebenzya said in an interview with Interfax.
The Iranian side has held bilateral meetings with delegations from Russia and China in Vienna, a source in Iran’s delegation told TASS on Tuesday. "Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi has held bilateral meetings with Russian and Chinese counterparts within the framework of the negotiations round of Iran and P5+1 in order to coordinate stances," the agency’s source said. Earlier, Araghchi told Iranian journalists that Tehran reckoned on progress in the course of the current round of talks. "We hope that we would be able to narrow the gap and lessen the differences regarding problematic issues," he noted.
Economic ties between Iran and Russia are developing successfully, Iranian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Mehdi Karbasian said.
Iran’s ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei believes it’s time to start a new chapter in Iranian-Russian relations. It’s impossible to plan long-term relations in the modern world without strengthening economic ties, Sanaei said, addressing a conference at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The six-party talks with Iran over its nuclear program should preserve the experience gained during the previous Geneva rounds, and another round which has begun in Vienna should help settle this problem, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russia is holding talks with Iran to increase trade volume based on energy cooperation, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.
Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said Thursday that the Iranian people would not agree to give up peaceful nuclear technology, but added the Iranian leadership was ready for negotiations on its nuclear program.
Russia and Iran are getting ready for a new stage in their economic cooperation. Western sanctions relief opens doors for an array of huge opportunities in a range of sectors, primarily energy and oil industries.
Moscow seems to be close to completing preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Iran. According to informed Russian and Iranian sources, a trip is likely to take place in the nearest future – right after the Sochi Olympics which will last February 7-23.
Iran is not interested in supplies of the Antey-2500 air defense systems instead of the S-300 missile weapon systems that were not received from Russia, said Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Iran in the near future, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said. "You have accepted an invitation to visit Iran and we are hoping to see you in Iran in the near future," Zarif, who met with Putin on Thursday, said.
Iran and Syria are Russia's major geopolitical victories over the past 10 years, Rosnano Head Anatoly Chubais told journalists on Thursday. "Iran is one of Russia's major geopolitical victories over the last 10 years. And another such victory is Syria," he said answering the question about the expediency of a big oil contract between Russia and Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia should by all means participate in the Geneva-2 conference on the Syrian conflict settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Iranian counterpart on Thursday, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ksenya Melnikova reports.
Russia is concerned about the attempts to narrow membership of the Geneva-2 Peace Conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Thursday, the Voice of Russia correspodent Ksenya Melnikova reports.
Iran does not accept any preconditions to its participation in the Geneva-2 conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ksenya Melnikova reports.
Iran and the Sextet can reach final agreements on the Iranian nuclear program despite the persisting elements of mistrust between the parties, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ksenya Melnikova reports.