Ukraine intends to intensify cooperation with Iran, including cooperation in the area of mechanical engineering, in anticipation of a decision by the United States to lift the sanctions on the country, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius has announced, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

"I am going on 14-16 September, most likely with the minister of agriculture and a large group of businessmen and industrialists to establish cooperation with this country. Great opportunities will open up there after the lifting, as we hope, of the US sanctions. We discussed areas of cooperation with the ambassador last week. Mainly, this concerns industrial enterprises engaging in subway construction and other engineering enterprises," Abromavicius said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the Secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines, Magsud Asadi Samani, has said that Iran is not interested in buying Russian airplanes. According to him, carriers are not interested in buying Russian aircraft because the indicators of Russian aircraft are not very positive. The reason for the lack of interest is several crashes of Tupolev-type airplanes, Samani explained.

Iran needs 400 passenger airplanes to modernize its fleet, and this will require USD 20 billion.

It later emerged that the Iranian authorities intend to purchase up to 90 airliners from the world's largest manufacturers - Boeing and Airbus - per year to modernize its fleet, which have become obsolete over the years of international sanctions.