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Sanction-hit Russian carmaker asks Iran for spare parts

TEHRAN (AFP) – A Russian carmaker has asked Iran to supply it with key components it cannot access due to Western sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine, Tehran’s state media reported.

Hossein Bahrainian, from the Iranian Auto Parts Makers Association, said a Russian automaker had enquired about purchasing parts, without specifying the company by name, the official IRNA news agency said.

The components in demand included brake systems, seat belts, airbags, alternators, air conditioners, thermostats and power window systems, Bahrainian said according to the report late Monday.

“Given the Russian automaker’s demand for cooperation with Iranian equipment manufacturers, companies that have the capacity to supply Russia… in terms of quality and quantity of production, can try their luck for a presence in the market of this northern neighbour,” he said.

Some Iranian car components, including engine cooling and suspension systems, have already been exported to Russia in recent years.

The two countries share a maritime border across the Caspian Sea.

Iran has also suffered under stringent economic sanctions, re-imposed by the United States (US) in 2018 after Washington unilaterally pulled out of a deal with world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Western carmakers have ventured into Russia to assemble cars over the past two decades as the country’s economy expanded.