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Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan reached agreements in principle in Moscow

Mikhail Mishustin took part in the Second Caspian Economic Forum, which was held in Moscow.  Photo: Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS

Mikhail Mishustin took part in the Second Caspian Economic Forum, which was held in Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS

Premier on Thursday Mikhail Mishustin took part in Second Caspian Economic Forumwhich took place in Moscow. Representatives of the countries of the Caspian Five (it includes Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) discussed the prospects for cooperation and development of tourism in the region.

“The potential is huge!” – said Mikhail Mishustin and proposed to increase tourist exchanges between the five countries. And the Prime Minister did it not by chance. According to him, at least one million tourists can come to the coast of the Caspian Sea every year.

However, the first steps to establish tourism ties have already been made. Thus, Iran has developed a draft agreement on cooperation between the Caspian states in the field of tourism. And at the suggestion of Azerbaijan, a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of organizing cruise routes across the Caspian has been developed. Mishustin suggested that these documents be agreed upon as soon as possible. And at the same time, to arrange meetings of the leaders of the tourism industry of the five countries more often.

“Together we will be able to create competitive travel products, open up new directions, including by sea with visits to port cities,” Mishustin said.

Another area of ​​cooperation is culture. Mishustin advocated holding the Caspian Film Festival and various exhibitions. According to him, this will help unite the peoples of the five countries.

Speaking about the economy, Mishustin noted that the Caspian region should become one of the largest hubs for transcontinental transportation in Eurasia. According to the prime minister, last year the volume of traffic along the North-South transport corridor amounted to about 14 million tons. At the same time, by 2030, the volume of traffic could potentially double. To do this, Mishustin called for lifting restrictions on rail transport.

“And to create conditions for the launch of seamless logistics services from the Urals, the Volga region, the Baltic – from all over Russia to the Persian Gulf – and further – to South Asia and the Middle East, Africa, which will give an additional impetus to regional and border trade,” he said. prime minister.

As Mishustin noted, the Caspian region can boast of its dynamic development. Over the past 20 years, the total gross domestic product has increased almost three times, and mutual trade – five times.

“Over the past five years, the share of our countries in world GDP has grown to 3.6%, while mutual trade turnover has risen by 1.5 times,” the prime minister said.

In addition to participating in the forum, Mishustin held a number of bilateral meetings. First Vice President of Iran Mohammad Mohber told Mishustin about Tehran’s readiness to share its experience in dealing with sanctions with Moscow.

“The Iranian authorities for 40 years have not allowed sanctions to undermine the governance of the country,” the Iranian official said.

We also talked about economic cooperation between the two countries. Iran is very interested in Russia’s assistance in the development of oil and gas fields and in the creation of capacities for the production of liquefied gas. And Iran also wants to buy Russian grain, although it insists on preferential terms. Mishustin did not promise Iran a discount on grain, but assured that Russia wants to strengthen cooperation in all areas. For example, Russian companies are ready to offer Iran advanced technologies in the field of digital economy and telecommunications. Mishustin also invited Iranian companies to do business in Russia. With the departure of Western companies from our country, a lot of space has been vacated.

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