Russia in talks over Iranian oil purchases
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak expects the deal to be reached "within weeks"
Russia has been in talks of buying oil from Iran, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said this week, confirming earlier reports, according to Reuters.
At the sidelines of an economic forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Novak told reporters he expected the deal to be reached "within weeks." The purchases will be carried out via Promsirieimport, a trading unit of Russia's Energy Ministry, he said.
Last week, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported that Iran will begin selling 100,000 bpd to Russia within the next 15 days and receive payment half in cash and half in goods and services.