OAO Gazprom chief executive officer Alexei Miller met Monday with Iran's Deputy oil minister M.H. Nejad Hosseinian to discuss creating a joint venture to explore and develop oil and gas fields, and to transport and sell natural gas, the company said in a statement.
Despite international concerns over Iran's nuclear program, Russia has close business ties with Iran. Moscow has arms contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars (euros) with Tehran and is building a nuclear power plant in the Iranian southern port of Bushehr under a US$800 million ( Ђ 640 million) contract, according to the AP.
Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's atomic energy agency, said Monday that work at the plant was on schedule and would be completed in 2007.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to go to the 77th UN General Assembly in September