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Russia is our powerful competitor not a strategic partner: Iranian expert

An expert on energy has said that Iran must be guided by its national interests and know that Russia is its powerful rival, not a strategic partner.

Russia is our powerful competitor not a strategic partner: Iranian expert

As one of the biggest oil producers and the biggest gas exporter in the world, Russia has never been Iran’s strategic partner in energy markets, Morteza Behrozifar told ILNA.

“So, Russia will never be our trading partner in the energy fields because Moscow is Iran’s serious rival who expelled Iran from the markets wherever it could,” he added.

“Russia has never been and will be our partner,” he said, adding that Russia may be currently willing to cooperate with Iran because of its isolation but these behaviors aren’t strategic.

In this situation, Iran must have eyes on its national interests and Tehran must know that Russia is its powerful competitor, not a strategic partner, he asserted.

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