On February 7, 2018 in Moscow the 14th meeting of the
Permanent Russian-Iranian Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation was
held under the chairmanship of Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Alexander Novak and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Islamic Republic of
Iran Masud Karbasian. Аssistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily
Lavrovsky took part in the work of the commission.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the
interaction of the two countries in the field of energy, transport,
construction, health, education, use of natural resources, ecology and other spheres
was considered. Much attention was paid to regional cooperation and cooperation
in the field of agriculture and food trade, which is not surprising, as 42% of
all supplies from Russia to Iran and 70% from Iran to Russia are represented by
agricultural and food products, and the balance here is in favor of the Russian
Interim Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Jihad) of Iran Mehdi
Kazem Nejad expressed satisfaction with the level of development of interagency
relations, emphasizing the importance of strengthening the interaction of the
veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance bodies of the parties in order to
create conditions for unimpeded mutual deliveries of safe and quality products.
In this regard, the growth of exports of Iranian fruit and vegetable, as well
as some types of dairy and fish products to Russia, and an increase in counter deliveries
of feed and plant components from Russia to Iran were noted. An increase in the supply of chilled mutton
from the North Caucasian Federal District, which in the two months of 2018
reached 700 tons, is more than double the purchases of this product for the
The intention of the Iranian side to permit the delivery of
agreed types of livestock products was promising, and this involves frozen and
chilled beef, chilled meat of small ruminants, poultry meat, table egg and fish
products from Russian establishments under the guarantees of Rosselkhoznadzor.
The parties expressed satisfaction with the terms of the
tripartite Memorandum on wheat trade that was earlier signed between the
Ministries of Agriculture of Iran, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. In
addition, the prospects for the development of contract production of vegetable
products for the needs of Russia in Iran and soybean, sunflower, rapeseed,
safflower and sesame for the needs of Iran in Russia were noted. The interest
of the Iranian side in the development and purchase of timber processing
industry products and cooperation in fisheries will also be underlined, which
undoubtedly implies further deepening of cooperation between Russian and
Iranian competent agencies to ensure the biosafety requirements.
The Russian-Iranian Working Group for Veterinary and
Phytosanitary Issues remains the important instrument to strengthen such
cooperation. Its third meeting is planned to be held in 2018 in the Islamic
Republic of Iran.
As a result of the work of the Standing Committee, a corresponding
protocol was signed by the co-chairs.