A Ukraine Route to Europe for Iranian Oil

A Ukraine Route to Europe for Iranian Oil

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A delegation from Kiev visits Tehran to discuss new agreements for cooperation on energy and infrastructure sectors

Iran could play a decisive role in Europe’s energy scenario, achieving a rapprochement with the West by way of Ukraine. The visit of the Minister of energy and the coal industry of Ukraine, Igor Nasalik, in Tehran concluded with some positive signs. Iran will consider Ukraine’s proposal to have Iranian oil transit through its system of pipelines to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, as well as the possibility of supplying Ukraine directly, even though the country’s refining capacity is limited. The talks also covered the proposition of Iranian natural gas crossing through Ukraine and the development of storage and transport infrastructure. According to the Petroleum Minister of Iran, Bijan Zanganeh, ''Ukraine is also attractive due to the development of its engineering industry. We also want to work on a partnership in the sector of gas turbines and compressors''. Following the talks, both parties agreed to form a workgroup to implement the most promising such projects in these sectors.