The Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said in an interview with RIA Novosti, expressing pity over the declined trade between the two countries "The decrease in trade from $4billion in 2011 to $2.3 billion in 2012 indicates complicated issues in the two counties’ relations. The two countries need to cooperate to solve these problems.”
"We hope that the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation will expand,” he added.
Dzhagaryan also pointed to the Bushehr power plant and said "The construction of the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant is over,” adding "Russia is willing to expand cooperation with Iran in the peaceful usage of nuclear energy after the Bushehr power plant is delivered.”
He added that the Bushehr power plant works at 100 percent of its nominal capacity and maintained that after the safety and stability tests are carried out, the plant will be officially handed to the Iranian side.
Rejecting the hypothesis that in case of favorable approaches between Iran and the US Russia will lose its place in Iran’s foreign policy Dzhagaryan asserted "Russia knows Iran as an important partner in the region, but the country’s ability in securing its national interests is more than what seems at the first glance.”