Iran, Russia negotiating big oil-for-goods deal
LONDON/ANKARA (REUTERS) - Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) a month that would let Iran lift oil exports substantially, in defiance of Western sanctions that helped force Teheran to agree a preliminary deal to end its nuclear programme.
Russian and Iranian sources close to the barter negotiations said final details were in discussion for a deal that would see Moscow buy up to 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.
"Good progress is being made at the moment with strong chances of success," said a Russian source. "We are discussing the details and the date of signing a deal depends on those details."
The Kremlin declined comment.