File - Russia is already supplying goods to Iran in exchange for oil, according to Putin spokesman Peskov.
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As Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, he's willing to take an economic hit to expand his political influence.He's taking the same approach with Iran.The U.S. and five other global powers, including Russia, aim to complete negotiations with Iran by the end of June to finally end a decadelong dispute over its nuclear program.Oil at $40 a barrel could shave almost 2 percent from Russian gross domestic product, according to estimates by the Russian central bank last month before the Iran framework was announced.Russia is already supplying goods to Iran in exchange for oil, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.Iran could join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group that includes Russia, China and Central Asian states, thereby boosting Russian ability to influence Iran's policies in Central Asia and Afghanistan, Kozhanov said.
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