Iran: Tehran Will Cooperate With Others To Oppose NATO
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said April 16 that Iran would cooperate with Russia, India and China to oppose NATO’s plans for expansion in Europe, Sputnik News reported. Iran’s national security chief and the head of Iran’s parliamentary committees on foreign policy and national security also made separate trips to Moscow this week.
In addition, Russia’s Lukoil announced April 16 that it would return to Iran’s oil industry. The announcement follows similar ones made by Royal Dutch/Shell and Total. Representatives from the National Iranian Oil Company and Chinese officials also recently signed three agreements on oil and natural gas exports and investment, Mehr reported. Though sanctions are still in place on Iran’s oil sector, foreign companies are hopeful that a nuclear deal will be reached between Iran and world powers and are preparing to take advantage of the sector’s opening.