Iran-Russia 25-Year Cooperation on Peaceful Nuclear Energy
20 Oct 2017 22:29
Author : Mehdi Sanaei
A look at the past shows that the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation in various fields, especially political, economic, cultural, and international ones have followed a desirable developmental trend. This is confirmed by the 70 percent growth in trade between the two countries during the last year. In addition, the visit of high ranking officials of the two countries shows the desire of both Iran and Russia to expand cooperation. Targeting off the two countries’ presidents to develop strategic partnerships in different areas and signing 14 cooperation documents, on the travel of Mr. Rouhani to the Russian Federation (March 27 and 28, 2017), was a milestone in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries. The recent visit of Mr. Larijani, the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, to St. Petersburg also indicates the good interaction between the two countries at the highest levels of legislative power. In addition, cooperation between ministries of foreign affairs of Iran and Russia on bilateral, regional, and international aspects is continuing through holding bilateral and multilateral advisory and official meetings between foreign ministers, deputy ministers, and directors.
The growing movement of technology, economy, and global trade requires countries to use the maximum capacity to develop partnerships and have regular plans in all areas at bilateral and international levels. Today, it can be stated without exaggeration that there is such a plan in many aspects between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation, and cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and the peaceful exploitation of nuclear energy is known as the symbol of strategic and important cooperation between the two countries in the bilateral and international arena.
In recent years, in addition to the growth of technical cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation on the peaceful exploitation of nuclear energy, we have witnessed close cooperation between the two countries in international organizations, particularly in the finalization and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Currently, the technical cooperation of the two countries includes a wide range of topics including the operation of the first unit of Bushehr Power Plant, construction of its second and third units, and the technical and scientific activities in the production of stable isotopes.
Undoubtedly, the Russian Federation has been one of the important and influential countries in the formation and implementation of the JCPOA, and while some parties to the JCPOA have failed to fulfill their obligations, Russia has supported the implementation of this multilateral and international document. Here, I would like to acknowledge the constructive efforts of Russia and other countries that have worked closely with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the process of the JCPOA implementation.
What now threatens the implementation of the JCPOA is the unjust and unfair interpretation of this multilateral international agreement, whispers of the withdrawal of some members, statements about its modification. Nevertheless, the majority of the 5+1 members emphasize maintaining and implementing of the JCPOA. Undoubtedly, any action that would undermine the implementation of this agreement only diminishes international security and trust. The Islamic Republic of Iran, while recalling its full commitment to the JCPOA, emphasizes that all member countries should be obliged to all the provisions of this agreement.
We all know well that the main policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the spread of peace and stability in the region and the world and no insult or pressure can frustrate it in this way. The recent remarks by the President of the United States about the Iranian nation are offensive and out of place and the history will judge them.
H.E. Mehdi Sanaei, a distinguished expert at IRAS, is the I.R. Iran's ambassador to the Russian Federation.
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