TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour highlighted capacities to boost relations between Tehran and Moscow and said the ties have reached a level that necessitates new initiatives.

Speaking at a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Moscow on Tuesday, Rahimpour hailed the growing relations between Iran and Russia in various political, economic and cultural areas as very positive.

He said the developments of Tehran-Moscow relations on one hand and the international and regional developments over the past years on the other hand shows that the ties have reached a level that requires new arrangements, initiatives and consultations.

The two diplomats further stressed the need to implement memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed between the two countries over the past years.

Iran and Russia have ramped up efforts in recent months to boost bilateral trade after implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The JCPOA, which took effect on January 16, 2016 terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Earlier in August, Russia’s ambassador to Iran, Levan Dzhagaryan, said trade turnover between Tehran and Moscow has grown 70.9 percent in year-on-year terms following the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions.