Putin will visit Iran in order to establish ties with country's new president, expert says

Russian media reported today that President Putin was going to visit Iran in August. The Kremlin has not made an official statement yet, but the Islamic Republic says the information is true. VK asked political analyst and head of the Centre for Political and Social Research Vladimir Yevseyev to comment on the matter.

"The main aim of this visit is to establish ties with the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani," the expert believes.

According to the expert, among other issues that will be discussed by the two presidents is the Russian-Iranian S-300 deal. In the framework of international efforts to stop the Iranian nuclear programme, Russia has canceled the deal and has not delivered the rocket launchers to Iran. As a result Iran has filed a lawsuit against Russia and now demands some $4 billion as compensation.

There are also other projects that have been stopped on the initiative of Russia, Yevseyev says. In the 90s there were several deals that were canceled due to some secret agreements signed by Yegor Gaidar and Viktor Chernomyrdin.

The presidents will also discuss bilateral cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy, including the construction of two more nuclear reactors at the Bushehr atomic power plant, the expert says.

He believes as well that Putin will not only meet with President Rouhani, but also with the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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