Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachyov, the Russian Minister of Agriculture, in his meeting with Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian co-Chairman of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, requested renewal of wheat export to Iran, at the same time emphasized on increasing import of Iranian goods and products, such as fruits, vegetables, aquatic and dairy products.”
The ICT Ministry’s PR department reports that in this meeting, Dr. Vaezi stated that: “We have signed a great number of cooperation documents to further increase bilateral cooperation, for instance the agreement for supporting mutual investment and also the establishment of Green Gateway of Customs services which is going to happen within the framework of expanding relations and collaborations between Iran and Russia.”
During this meeting of Iranian and Russian delegations, which took place in presence of Mehdi Sanayee, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow, Vaezi underscored the necessity of constant follow-up to develop economic collaborations between Tehran and Moscow, and also the establishment of joint workgroup in utilizable areas of mutual interest, beneficial to bilateral relations.
He further elaborated on the current trend of developing relations in agricultural sector, asking for more licenses and permits for export of aquatic and dairy products of Iranian companies to Russia, and also further opening of the markets of both countries.
Referring to the progresses made in the negotiations with the Eurasian Economic Union, aimed at participation in commerce and free trade sectors, he stressed that: “We expect that by the end of this year all the required reports will be fully prepared and the preparations for moving toward the signing of the free trade agreement will commence from that point.”
Vaezi also reported of Moscow’s request regarding the lowering of export tariffs for pipes and steel products, expressing that the same thing can be applied to the ongoing negotiations of agriculture sector, similarly proposing lower tariffs for export of Kiwi, citrus fruits, and poultry to Russia, which if realized, can positively impact the export volume.
According to the Media Diplomacy section of the Iranian embassy in Moscow, the Russian Agriculture Minister congratulated Iran on increasing the wheat farming areas, and expressed that: “We are interested in exporting red meat, sugar, wheat, and sunflower oil to Iran.”
He referred to the limitations set on the import of wheat by Iran because of an increase of production in that country, and stated that Russia is requesting the commencement of the export of that product within the framework of commercial exchange of agriculture products.”
Tkachyov emphasized that: “Moscow is requesting import of fruits and vegetables from Iran and has already removed the import limitations set for certain Iranian firms; at the moment, 24 companies with special permits can export their products to Russia without any limits.”
He referred to the fact that 19 aquatic products corporations and 6 dairy products companies have already obtained export permits to Russia, expressing that: “On the other hand, we should accelerate the affairs regarding Iranian ease of access to the Eurasian Economic Union market.”
The Russian Agriculture Minister continued by mentioning the preliminary agreements accomplished for obtaining the permits of four Russian firms active in white and red meat production for export to Iran, saying: “We have requested for an evaluation of Russian producers of aquatic products, and it has been agreed that within 10 days, export of fishery products to Iran will commence; something which will require support from the related officials.”
Tkachyov concluded by supporting the request of Iranian Companies for investing in the Agricultural Complex of Astrakhan province of Russia, in the north-western shores of the Caspian Sea.
Vaezi, the Communication Minister, referred to the request of the Russian Agriculture Minister, saying that: “The existing ban on Wheat export is for increasing the production output of the domestic crops and supporting Iranian farmers; we are currently studying these issues to find a solution for the possibility of removing the ban for imports from Russia.”
Other topics under discussion by the Iranian and Russian delegations led by Vaezi and Tkachyov also included accelerating cooperation in veterinary services, Iran’s participation in international exhibitions and conferences in Russia, exchanging electronic data sharing regarding aquatic and dairy products instead of traditional methods, and posting the names of Pars Pegah Manufacturing Company and also Shahrekord and Isfahan Pegah corporations in the English-Russian website of the Russian food and agricultural products supervision center