Iran to trade with Russia using national currencies
Iran says it wants to implement agreements with Russia to conduct trade using the two countries' national currencies.
The Vice Governor of Iran's Central Bank, Mohsen Karimi, says that Iran would like to conduct trade with Russia using the national currencies of both countries.
"The relevant agreements and opportunities already exist. Iran would like to use them to conduct trade operations with Russia in rubles and tomans," Karimi told Sputnik on Friday.
Iran and Russia's trade hit new highs in 2021, exceeding $4 billion. Russian imports from Iran accounted for $967.3 million of that number, recording an 81.4% jump compared to the previous year.
Both countries had signed an important agreement in January to foster energy cooperation between them, namely for developing Iran's oil and gas fields.
Iran is working on boosting economic cooperation with Russia and former Soviet Union republics. On January 26, 2022, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan welcomed the Iranian Ambassador to Armenia, Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri, and revealed his country's will to provide support in cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
The EEU is an economic union of post-Soviet countries currently including five-member states –Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia, while Moldova, Cuba, and Uzbekistan have been given observer status