External pressure and sanctions do not interfere with cooperation between Russia and Iran, but only strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation without regard to the opinion of the West. This was pointed out today, February 13, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commenting on the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron that the support that Tehran provides to Moscow threatens with new restrictions against Iran.
“Moscow and Tehran are building mutually beneficial cooperation without regard to the opinion of Westerners,” the diplomat stressed.
As Zakharova noted, “deepening cooperation in all key areas, we are guided, first of all, by the interests of the peoples of our countries.”
“External pressure and sanctions are not a hindrance to this. Rather, on the contrary, illegal restrictions partly even contribute to the strengthening of the positive trends that have emerged in previous years in terms of increasing the Russian-Iranian trade turnover,” she stated.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry drew attention to the fact that in 2022, the trade turnover between the two countries added another 20.2% and came close to the $5 billion mark.
“Entrepreneurs are discovering new markets, occupying profitable product niches. Logistics, settlement and payment infrastructure are gradually being adjusted. All this creates the prerequisites for further building up bilateral cooperation, primarily in the trade and economic sphere,” she added.