Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 13, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic.A senior government official said separately that Russia has started supplying grain, equipment and construction materials to Iran in exchange for crude oil under a barter deal.Russia hopes to reap economic and trade benefits if a final deal is concluded to build on the framework agreement reached in the Swiss city of Lausanne between Iran and six world powers -- Russia, the United States, France, Britain, Germany and China.Iran is the third largest buyer of Russian wheat, and Moscow and Tehran have been discussing the barter deal for more than a year.In December, Iran's oil minister denied Tehran and Moscow were close to a deal.
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