Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks on bilateral ties and international developments with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and other top officials.
The two neighboring countries are determined to play their roles in the region and international arena, particularly in the oil and gas sectors.
Tehran-Moscow cooperation dates back to some 500 years ago, with the two neighbors seeking to expand their political and economic relations and gaining the lion’s share in the international markets.
The oil explorations in Iran and Russia have led to a new shape of cooperation between the two sides, prompting Tehran and Moscow to sign a memorandum of understanding on the development of their oil and gas fields.
Iran and Russia are among the largest holders of hydrocarbon resources in the world, and their gas reserves constitute more than 37 percent of gas resources across the globe.
Russia holds 35 trillion cubic meters (tcm) of natural gas reserves, equaling to 19.9 percent of total proven natural gas resources globally, while Iran follows it with 33 tcm, holding 17.1 percent of the world’s gas reserves.
Given their oil reserves, Iran holds 9.1 percent of the world’s resources and Russia has 6.2 percent of the global reserves.
Ahead of President Raisi’s trip, the Iranian oil minister sat down with top Russian officials to discuss bilateral ties, particularly in the energy sector.
Javad Owji held separate talks with Russian Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov and also the Russian chief of the joint commission, as well as with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Their energy talks included oil and gas cooperation, the OPEC+ agreement, and transfer of technology.