Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for a 1-day working visit. He will participate in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and hold several bilateral meetings, particularly with the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Putin last visited Iran in 2007.
According to presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, the head of state plans to address the plenary session of the summit, which will be focused on the prospects of the global natural gas market.
"Participants will exchange views regarding pressing issues the gas sector is facing now, and pay special attention to promoting interests of producing countries. Also, the issue will be [brought up] of maintaining practice of long-term contracts for supplying gas and fair risk profile between suppliers and consumers of fuel," Ushakov said.
The summit is expected to result in adopting of a joint declaration to reflect principal positions of the countries participating in the forum regarding issues of cooperation in the gas sector.
Putin is expected to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as well as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the sidelines of the forum. According to Ushakov, considerable attention will be paid to urgent international issues such as settlement of the Syrian conflict, implementation of the joint comprehensive action plan on the Iranian nuclear program and fight against terrorism.
The presidential aide did not rule out that Putin could meet with Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other leaders on the sidelines of the gas summit.
First published by TASS.
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