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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Iran is ready to expand cooperation with Russia in all spheres at the highest level, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Monday at a meeting with Russian State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs head Alexey Pushkov.
"President Vladimir Putin’s frank comments about our bilateral relations make it clear the Russian side has a strong will to develop relations with our country," Boroujerdi said.
He confirmed that such a will exists in Iran at the highest level as well. "This is also the opinion of our supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about development of relations with Russia," Boroujerdi added.
Boroujerdi also said that Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has arrived in Moscow.
"Mr Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, is also in Moscow with a visit," Boroujerdi said.
Russian State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs head Alexey Pushkov said the situation around Iran requires expanding parliamentary contacts with Tehran.
"The latest developments, in my view, even require expanding such [parliamentary] contacts as today Iran, the negotiations around Iran, is one of defining factors on international agenda," Pushkov said.
"Of course, our meetings and talks are watched with great interest not only in Russia and Iran, but also beyond their borders," the lawmaker said. Pushkov urged to establish consistent contacts between special committees of State Duma and Iran’s parliament.
On April 2, Iran and P5+1 group (Russia, US, UK, China, France and Germany) reached a breakthrough agreement in Switzerland’s Lausanne on restricting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for gradual lifting of sanctions. The deadline for coordinating the final agreement is June 30.
According to the deal, Iran will not enrich uranium no higher than to 3.67% for the next 15 years. Tehran will also cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium from around 10 tons to 300 kilograms. Iran agreed not to set up new facilities for uranium enrichment in the next 15 years, and vowed not to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and conduct research in this sphere.