Iran Signs $21bn Deal for Russian Satellites & Civil Aircraft

Reuters30.09.2015 Aviation & Space
Iran Signs $21bn Deal for Russian Satellites & Civil Aircraft

Iran Signs $21bn Deal for Russian Satellites & Civil Aircraft

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Iran has signed contracts worth $21 billion to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, the Managing Director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik.

Manouchehr Manteghi explained that the contracts had been signed at the MAKS-2015 air show in Russia which took place on 25-30 August 2015.

The contracts involved satellite-related equipment as well as the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional passenger aircraft (photo), Sputnik said.

Russia and Iran have been working to boost economic ties since Tehran signed a deal with six world powers in July, which offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rohani attended the opening of the largest mosque in Europe by invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas also attended the ceremony which took place in Moscow on 23 September.

The mosque, which will have a space of more than 18,000 square meters and a height comparable to that of a six-story building, will open its doors on the occasion of the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al Adha).

The mosque was constructed on the remains of one built in 1904.

Moscow is the second city with the most Muslims in Europe after Paris, with a million and a half, between residents and migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Russia is home to about 23 million Muslims, according to the Council of Muftis, mostly in Moscow, the North Caucasus and the republics of Tatarstan and Bashkiria.

Source: Reuters; Sputnik; EFE; File Photo



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