0926 GMT December 07, 2021
Iran’s top general said on Monday that during his trip to the Russian capital he will follow up on the arms deals Tehran had inked with Moscow.
“These deals were signed after the lifting of the arms embargo on Iran, and during this trip we will discuss their implementation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, told a gathering in Moscow.
He was referring to a decade-long UN arms embargo on Iran that came to an end on October 18, 2020 under Security Council Resolution 2231 which endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
The administration of former US president Donald Trump suffered an embarrassing loss after it failed to renew the restriction through a resolution at the United Nations Security Council.
Russia and China voted against the motion and the remaining 11 council members, including France, Germany and the UK, abstained.
Baqeri said the deals with Russia include the sales of fighter jets, jet trainers and gunships.
The general said Iran and Russia “will boost their military-defense cooperation” as there are ample opportunities.
"We need a roadmap to have strong relations with [other] countries, especially with Russia and neighboring nations,” he pointed out, adding that military-defense cooperation with Russia has developed significantly over the past five years.
Heading a high-ranking military delegation, Baqeri arrived in Moscow on Sunday at the official invitation of Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.
The expansion of defense and military cooperation, the fight against terrorism and leading regional and international developments are among issues on the agenda of talks between Iranian and Russian officials.
The top Iranian commander wrapped up a four-day official visit to Pakistan on Friday.
Baqeri said on Friday that Iran and Pakistan have agreed to work toward the establishment of full security along common borders and improve bilateral military cooperation by holding joint naval drills.