Tehran, Iran, November 30
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Mohammad Reza Behzadian, former chairman of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Mines, said Iran is unable to replace Turkey as exporter of agricultural goods to Russia.
As the necessary basis for trade between Iran and Russia does not exist, Iran cannot export goods to Russia as it could, Behzadian told Trend November 30.
The Russian government is going to ban the imports of certain products from Turkey including several types of meat products, milk and dairy products, fish, seafood, soil products, fruits, vegetables, greens, and berries.
The move came after a dispute with Ankara following the downing a Russian fighter jet.
Turkey exports around $1.3 billion of agricultural goods to Russia and buys $.2.9 billion of agricultural products from Russia.
The most serious problem against Iran-Russia trade is the heavy tariffs set by Russia on Iranian goods, Behzadian noted.
"In the past couple of years we have been trying to fix the issue but there is not enough will in ministries on either side to do it," he regretted.
However, he noted, Azerbaijan and other countries which are in good trade relations with Russia can use the situation.
The other factor has so far been the banking transactions and related restrictions that have been afflicting Iran under sanctions, Behzadian stated.