Iran and Russia in telecom pact

Russian minister says experience has taught them not to rely on Western countries

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Iran and Russia in telecom pact Iran and Russia have agreed to broader telecommunications cooperation between the two countries.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  April 27, 2010

Iran and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding to further cooperation in the field of telecommunication.

A report by news agency IRNA said that Russia's minister of telecommunications Igor Shchegolev invited his Iranian counterpart Reza Taqipour to Moscow for a few days, when the MoU for broader telecommunications cooperation between the two countries was signed by the managing director of Iran's Telecommunications Infrastructure Company Mahmoud Khosravi and head of Russia's Telecom Company Andrey Kalpov.

"Iran and Russia are two countries in the field of information transit and can play effective roles in establishment of telecommunication connections and communication channels in the world," commented Shchegolev. "We in Russia seriously emphasize in manufacturing and using all-Russian facilities on our communication and telecom channels, since experience has taught us that the western countries are neither reliable not trustworthy at times of emergencies and dire need."

"Considering Iran's capabilities, we are ready to decrease the communications and telecom traffic between Russia and Europe, and to cooperate with Moscow in becoming the two sides' telecom transit route," added Taqipour .

Earlier this week, Iran revealed that its plans to launch new satellites capable of transmitting data and images by March 2011.

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