Almost six months after the previously imposed western sanctions were lifted, Iran is increasing its efforts to boost production and establish relations with European partners. Since that Iran’s strategic position offers its government several options to build pipelines, the Islamic republic has been considering several ways to export LNG and and crude oil to Europe.
For Iran, Ukraine counts as a perfect corridor through it can export oil to the European Union and establish a connection of pipelines. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, and Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, called for cooperation between the two countries in fields of energy and transit during a meeting, in order to boost regional cooperation, SHANA reported.
According to The Iran Project, Rouhani called for development of cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors in all areas including the banking, cultural, scientific, technological and tourism. On his side, Ukraine Foreign Minister said Kiev wants good and progressive ties with Iran.
Earlier in March, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry, Vladimir Demchishin, said that Iran’s oil and gas could be transited to Europe via Ukraine. Moreover, he added that Ukraine could collaborate with Iran in modernizing its techniques of oil and gas excavation and shipment.