Dmitry Rogozin, left Iran without yourself

Dmitry Rogozin, left Iran without yourself

Failed the visit of Deputy Prime Minister to Tehran.

As it became known “Kommersant”, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin canceled his visit to Iran, which was supposed to arrive yesterday for a meeting with the Vice-President for science and technology Soranou Sattari and defense Minister Hossein Dekhana. It was planned that in Tehran he will discuss prospects of bilateral cooperation, primarily in the aviation sector, raising the question of the procurement by Iran of Russian passenger planes.

According to sources, “Kommersant”, the reason for the cancellation was disclosed by the Iranian side information about the upcoming visit of the official, though Moscow hopes to keep the trip secret

The upcoming visit of several senior Russian officials, including first Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov, Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin and the Minister of energy Alexander Novak, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei announced on 12 February. In his statement, which appeared on the website of Iranian news agencies Mehr and IRNA, it was specified that the visit of the Russian delegations should take place “within the next month.” Mr. Rogozin was to head the Russian delegation at the negotiations on expansion of cooperation of Russia and Iran in the field of technology development and defense. From the Iranian side planned to take part Vice-President for science and technology sorena Sattari defence Minister Hossein Dehgan. According to “Kommersant”, the plane with Mr. Rogozin and his accompanying officials had to fly to Tehran yesterday morning, but that never happened: it turned out that on the eve of the Deputy Prime Minister took the decision to cancel the visit, citing “technical reasons”. The visits of gentlemen Shuvalov and Novak, according to government sources, “b”, any changes have not undergone.

According to sources, “Kommersant”, the reason for such a drastic step was the announcement by the Iranian side information about the upcoming visit of mister Rogozin, although he initially asked for confidentiality. The fact that in addition to the meetings of the Committee on science and technology, which co-chair is Deputy Prime Minister, the parties were expected to discuss “sensitive topics,” says Kommersant’s source in the government.

In particular, “had a difficult conversation about the reasons for the orientation of Iranian partners for the purchase of planes from Western countries”: “We give Iran tremendous support, and they take the technique from someone who demeans sanctions”

Recall that in early December of 2016, the Iranian airline Iran Air has signed with the American Corporation Boeing the contract for the supply of 80 aircraft: it involves the transfer of 50 Boeing-737s and 30 Boeing 777 over the next ten years. In addition, there is a contract with the European company Airbus, implying supply Iran with 100 aircraft: 46 aircraft of the A320 family, 38 — of A330 and A350 XWB wide-body 16. The total cost of these two agreements is nearing $30 billion: $10 billion from Boeing and $20 billion from Airbus.

Cooperation with Russia is much more modest: in 2016, “Sukhoi Civil aircraft” (SCAC) signed with one of the Iranian airline “Memorandum of understanding” on the supply of aircraft regional significance of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, but this document is purely a framework and not of a binding nature. Russian experts estimate the Iranian market is about 100 planes of this type, but the prospects of signing a binding contract depend not only on negotiations of the companies themselves, but from the U.S. Treasury, without which the deal cannot be implemented (SSJ-100 American components are installed). Iran is also interested in military aircraft (e.g., heavy fighters su-30CM), but they are selling at the moment practically impossible. The UN security Council resolution N2231 imposes restrictions on the supply to Iran of conventional weapons, resulting in supply of combat aircraft can be carried out only with the prior authorization of the UN security Council — the terms of the deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

Last week the Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan of jagaran in an interview with TASS said “the significant progress made in the field of trade and economic cooperation” between Russia and Iran, adding that the volume of bilateral trade reached $2 billion.

Get online comment on the reasons for the cancellation of Dmitri Rogozin’s visit to Tehran in the Iranian Embassy in Moscow, Kommersant yesterday failed.

Ivan Safronov