In a meeting between the Iranian and Russian officials, Russia’s Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications discussed cyber cooperation with Iran in various spheres including e-commerce and software development.
During a meeting in Moscow, representatives of Iran and Russia discussed various collaborations in the IT sector. Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia’s Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications stated that the two countries could extend their joint effort in Internet projects, software development, data security, e-commerce and other related areas.
“Our goal is that the companies and academic, research and innovation institutes of both sides cooperate mutually and carry out joint communication initiatives,” said Nikiforov. During the 2-day visit of Vaezi and the Iranian delegation, the two sides discussed the development of their relationships and prepared grounds for the visit of President Rouhani to Moscow. On Tuesday March 28th, Rouhani and Putin met to discuss projects in various areas. It’s been said that the talks will include topics such as energy, infrastructure and technology.
“The growth of Iran’s trade relations with Russia was the biggest last year in comparison with any other country… It seems to me that this trend will continue, and we will reach a considerable trade of $10 billion in the coming two or three years,” said Mehdi Sanaei, Iran’s Ambassador in Russia as Sputnik has reported.
In the recent years, officials from both sides met to discuss collaboration between the two countries in the IT sector but it did not lead to any major outcomes. Iran’s Minister of Communications had previously met with his Russian counterpart and agreed upon the presence of Yandex, the dominant search engine of Russia in Iran. In October 2015 it was stated that this Russian company will soon open its office in Iran to offer better services to Iranians, but the agreement was never met.
There have also been some rumors about the official presence of VK messaging app in Iran recently. VK is the largest European social networking service based in St. Petersburg and is ranked as the second most popular website in Russia, after Yandex.