Russia, Iran to jointly launch major transport projects: Putin’s aide

A senior advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed Moscow’s willingness to carry out strategic projects with Tehran and promote cooperation in major transportation projects.
In a meeting with Ali Baqeri Kani, the caretaker foreign minister of Iran, on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the BRICS countries in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on Monday, Igor Levitin said Moscow is determined to implement the previous agreements with Tehran, as reported by Tasnim News Agency. The aide to the Russian president said he will soon pay a visit to Iran to assess the implementation and completion of the joint strategic projects, including the International North-South Transport Corridor, a 7,200-km multi-mode network of ship, rail, and road route for moving freight between India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.
Russia intends to connect the North-South corridor to the other corridors and prepare the ground for closer cooperation between Moscow and Tehran in the transportation sector, Levitin stated.
Chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the two-day ministerial meeting of BRICS is also attended by senior diplomats from the Friends of BRICS nations.
The ongoing event marks the first ministerial meeting of BRICS following the association’s extension in 2023.
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