Russia is sending one of its biggest trade delegations to Iran next month in the hope of cementing an industrial export deal worth more than $21bn.
Ilya Tarasenko, president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, is prepared for the sale of 100 Sukhoi regional passanger jets to Iran when sanctions are lifted.
The trade will mostly focus on civil industries such as aerospace, infrastructure and energy. However, there is the potential for further arms sales in the midst of sanctions being lifted. This month it also announced it had signed a contract to start deliveries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran by the end of 2016.
It is estimated that once sanctions are lifted, Iran is set for rapid economic growth and within the decade it will contribute nearly as much as Italy in the global market.
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