Putin says delegation of 80 large Russian companies to visit Iran next week: Report

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a delegation of 80 large companies will visit Iran next week, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported.

President Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi are at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand, in Uzbekistan.


Earlier, Iran's foreign minister said that Tehran had signed a memorandum to join the bloc.

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Last year, the rapidly-expanding central Asian security body, whose founding heavyweights are China and Russia, approved Iran’s application for accession, while Tehran’s hardline rulers called on members to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West over its disputed nuclear program.

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