News ID: 317286
Published: 0335 GMT October 20, 2021

Top general sees ‘bright’ prospects for Iran-Russia cooperation

Top general sees ‘bright’ prospects for Iran-Russia cooperation

International Desk

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said a strategic document to be signed between Iran and Russia would open up “bright horizons” for military cooperation.

“The document opens up bright horizons for cooperation between the armed forces of Iran and Russia,” General Baqeri told Russia-24, a government-owned news channel, during a visit to Russia. 

He said that part of the document deals with the Iran-Russia military and security cooperation, including training military personnel, fighting terrorism in Central Asia, and joint military drills.

The general expressed hope that the document would be inked in the near future.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on October 6 that Tehran and Moscow are working on the comprehensive document.

Baqeri said Iran and Russia will hold a meeting of the Joint Military Commission three months later to increase their defense cooperation.

He noted that Iran’s government under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi is “determined” to bolster its ties with the East in response to the US anti-Iran policies including Washington’s sanctions and its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

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.

He held separate meetings with Shoigu and other military officials.

The expansion of defense and military cooperation, the fight against terrorism and leading regional and international developments were among issues on the agenda of talks between Iranian and Russian officials.

On Wednesday, Baqeri visited Kronstadt, a town and naval base on Kotlin Island, just west of St. Petersburg, where he met Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov and his deputy Vice-Admiral Vladimir Kasatonov.

Baqeri said his meetings focused on bilateral maritime cooperation, including the presence of Iranian warships in Russia’s naval exercises, participation in military competitions, launching joint research for improving naval equipment as well as Russia’s participation in Iran’s naval drills which have been held off the Iranian port city of Chabahar in the Sea of Oman over the past two years.












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