Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Iran: Oil Barter Deal with Russia Unlikely

Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Ali Majedi said today that sealing an oil barter deal with Russia would be very difficult. The two countries have been discussing the possibility that Russia would take 500,000 bpd of Iranian crude in exchange for Russian goods. The two countries are also rivals in global oil market.

“Many people think oil and gas is the main issue but this is very difficult because both countries are producers and exporters of oil and gas," Majedi told reporters on the sidelines of the Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference in Dubai. (Reuters, 15 April)

“Russia is a producer and exporter of oil, therefore this is not easy ... There is no way that Iran will receive some of the oil from Russia. Maybe vice-versa. But not now," Majedi said. He added that striking a barter deal involving oil or gas is far harder with a major fuel exporter than with major oil importers like China. (Reuters, 15 April)

“(This is) not easy and up to now no contract, no agreement, has been signed between the two countries. But the negotiation is continuing.”

File photo: Iran Oil Export Terminal at Kharg Island (Getty Images)

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