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NIOC, Gazprom strike $40b MoU

Release Date:1401/4/29

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Russia's Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding worth roughly 40 billion dollars.
The document was signed during an online ceremony on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 by NIOC CEO Mohsen Khojastehmehr and Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

The development of Kish and North Pars gas fields, pressure enhancement of South Pars field, development of 6 oil fields, gas and product swap, completion of LNG projects, construction of gas export pipelines and other scientific and technological cooperation are among the most important highlights of the memorandum.

The relations between Iran and Russia under the 13th administration have been put on a new path with the support of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the two countries want to expand relations at all economic and political grounds.

Dollar must be Removed from Global Transactions

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, and his entourage met with Imam Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, this afternoon, July 19, 2022. Speaking at the meeting, in which President Raisi was also present, the Leader stressed the need to implement the agreements between the two countries. He also highlighted the need for vigilance in the face of the deceptive policies of the West. Furthermore, he stated, “The long-term agreements between Iran and Russia are deeply beneficial to both countries.”

According to Khamenei.ir, Imam Khamenei stressed that world events show the need for Iran and Russia to increase mutual cooperation on a daily basis, and added, “The numerous memorandums of understanding and contracts between the two countries, including in the oil and gas sectors, should be followed up and carried out to the end.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described economic cooperation between Iran and Russia, particularly following the sanctions imposed by the West, as essential and beneficial to both countries. Touching on developments in Ukraine, he said, “War is a hostile, harsh matter and the Islamic Republic never favors seeing ordinary people afflicted by wars. However, in the issue of Ukraine, had Russia not initiated taking action, the other side would have started a war.”

The Leader of the Revolution stressed that the West is opposed to the existence of a strong, independent Russia. He also described NATO as being a dangerous entity and added, “If the way is opened for NATO, it will recognize no limits. If it hadn’t been stopped in Ukraine, it would have later started a similar war in Crimea.”

Imam Khamenei explained, “Of course, today, the US and the West have become weaker than before. And despite expending great effort and money, the influence of their policies in our region – including in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine – has significantly declined.”

In describing the issue of Syria as being very important, Imam Khamenei stated that Iran’s stance is opposition to a military attack on Syria, and he said that such an action should be prevented. Furthermore, he stressed, “Another important issue in Syria is the usurping of fertile, oil-rich regions to the east of the Euphrates by the Americans. This should be solved by expelling them from the region.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution condemned the interference of the Zionist regime in regional issues, and he praised the recent stance taken by the President of Russia against the Zionists.

He also emphasized, “The Islamic Republic will not tolerate policies or plans that lead to the closing of the Iran-Armenia border.”

The Leader of the Revolution referred to long-term cooperation between Iran and Russia as being greatly, deeply beneficial to both countries. Addressing Mr. Putin, he said, “Both you and our President are people who take action and follow up on it.  Thus, cooperation between the two countries should reach a peak in this period.”

Expressing his agreement with the statements of the President of Russia regarding the necessity of launching a Rasht-Astara railway line, Imam Khamenei stated that this will help finish the North-South transit line and be to the advantage of both countries.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the necessity of showing vigilance against the deception of the West and emphasized, “The Americans are both aggressive and deceitful. One of the factors leading to the collapse of the former Soviet Union was them being deceived by US policies. Of course, Russia has preserved its independence during your term.”

The Leader touched on the policy to replace [the dollar with] national currencies and use other currencies in place of the dollar, stating, “The dollar should be gradually removed from global transactions, and this is possible over time.”

Mr. Putin too spoke on the developments in Ukraine and said, “No one advocates war, and the death of ordinary people is a big tragedy. However, the actions of the West left us no other option than to respond.”

The President of Russia enumerated the causes and roots of the differences between Russia and Ukraine, in particular the provoking actions taken by the West and the US in recent years including launching a coup in Ukraine and also the policy of expanding NATO despite their previous promises to avoid any advance toward Russia. He also said, “Some European countries even said that they were opposed to the membership of Ukraine in NATO, but that they agreed to it under the pressure of the US. This is indicative of their lack of authority and independence.”

Vladimir Putin referred to the martyrdom of General Soleimani as being another example of America’s villainy.

Elsewhere in his statements, he referred to the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia and said, “These sanctions will work to the disadvantage of the West, and they will lead to problems such as an increase in the price of oil and a food crisis.”

He pointed out that the US takes advantage of the dollar as an instrument to loot other countries and impose sanctions on them. He stated that this will also be to their disadvantage as it will cause global trust in this currency to be undermined, and it will encourage other countries to use other currencies. Furthermore, he explained, “Russia and Iran are devising new methods to use their own national currencies in their relations.”

While expressing his agreement with the viewpoints of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution regarding the Caucasus, the President of Russia stated that the positions of both Iran and Russia on the issue of Syria, including opposition to any attack on northern Syria, are completely compatible with one another. He stressed, “The region to the east of the Euphrates must be under the control of Syrian military forces.”

Mr. Putin stated that cooperation between Iran and Russia is progressing in all areas, and he added, “Iran and Russia are fighting together against terrorism in Syria. In the area of the military too, we will try to increase the level of cooperation between the two countries and also increase trilateral cooperation and military maneuvers with China.

Continuation of Development Process of Tehran-Moscow Strategic Ties Stressed

The latest state of bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation was discussed in the meeting of the presidents of the two countries, and the development of relations between the two countries in various fields was emphasised.

Vladimir Putin, who travelled to Iran to participate in the tripartite meeting of the Guarantor Countries of the Astana Process, after arriving in Tehran, met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, reported President.ir.

In this meeting, while reviewing the latest state of relations between the two countries, which has grown significantly in the recent period, the two sides expressed their satisfaction with the leap in bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy, security, infrastructure, energy, trade and industry, and expressed their determination for the continuation of this path and its strengthening.

At the same time, the two sides, while recalling the joint successes in countering terrorism, emphasised the necessity of developing cooperation in new regional and extra-regional fields and announced their serious will to strengthen the security of independent countries in the region.

In this meeting, Ayatollah Raisi called the will of the two countries to develop bilateral relations remarkable and said, "After meetings in Moscow and Ashgabat, the process of cooperation has been growing and this process should be strengthened".

Referring to the history of successful cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism in Syria, the President described this cooperation as a basis for strengthening security and stability in the region, and added, "The countries in the West Asian region who claimed to fight terrorism did not take any effective steps in this regard, but it was the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia that showed their sincerity and determination in this field by serious cooperation in the fight against terrorism".

In this meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while expressing his satisfaction at being in the hospitable land of Iran, announced the increase of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in the field of international security, and said, "Iran and Russia have a very big contribution in solving the Syrian crisis".

Ayatollah Raisi, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will participate in the seventh summit of the Guarantor Countries of the Astana Process hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

NIOC cements Largest FDI Deal with Gazprom

The CEO of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said the memorandum of understanding with Gazprom is one of the biggest foreign direct investment deals in the history of Iran's oil industry, and said: The National Iranian Oil Company does not ignore any investment opportunity.”

Mohsen Khojastehmehr said on Tuesday that Iran and Russia are both keen on bolstering their strategic ties, adding promotion of economic relations and investment in oil and gas fields is emphasized by President Ebrahim Raisi and fully supported by Javad Owji, Minister of Petroleum of Iran.

Referring to the meeting with the senior executives of Gazprom during his recent trip to St. Petersburg, the Deputy Minister of Petroleum said: “In accordance with the order of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, the senior Gazprom executives attended Tehran last week and we had constructive talks.”

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Russia's Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding worth roughly 40 billion dollars.

The document was signed during an online ceremony on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 by NIOC CEO Mohsen Khojastehmehr and Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

The development of Kish and North Pars gas fields, pressure enhancement of South Pars field, development of 6 oil fields, gas and product swap, completion of LNG projects, construction of gas export pipelines and other scientific and technological cooperation are among the most important highlights of the memorandum.

The relations between Iran and Russia under the 13th administration have been put on a new path with the support of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the two countries want to expand relations at all economic and political grounds.