Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he cannot confirm the recent comments made by the top aide of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader that Russia will invest money in Iran. Earlier, Ayatollah Khamenei’s advisor in international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati had announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has plans for investment of up to $50 billion in Iran’s oil and gas sector. Hours after Velayati touted the news, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he cannot confirm the comments made by the Iranian envoy. Meanwhile, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, July 13, that a deal under which Russia would provide goods to Iran in exchange for oil is still possible. Moscow is studying all legal issues related to the possible deal, Novak said. "We are interested in Iran having the opportunity to buy Russian goods, work and services, to increase trade turnover and develop relations," Russian News Agency, TASS, cited Novak as saying. The "oil-for-goods" program does not imply direct purchase of oil from Tehran by Moscow, the minister said. "This is not the purchase by Russia and not by Russian enterprises," Novak added. Moscow Contradicts Tehran, Highlighting Iran's Precarious Situation But, indirect purchases are ok.