Rus­sia and Iran sign mil­i­tary deal


Rus­sia Iran have signed a mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion deal re­cently. The Rus­sian De­fence Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu signed the mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion deal with Iran. Shoigu is the most se­nior Rus­sian mil­i­tary of­fi­cial to visit Tehran since 2002. The deal pro­vides for joint ex­er­cises and mil­i­tary train­ing, as well as “co­op­er­a­tion in peace­keep­ing, main­tain­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, and fight­ing against sep­a­ratism and ex­trem­ism,” the Ira­nian De­fence Min­istry web­site said.

De­fence Min­is­ter Hos­sein De­hqan told state tele­vi­sion that Iran and Rus­sia had a “shared anal­y­sis of US global strat­egy, its in­ter­fer­ence in re­gional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and the need to co­op­er­ate in the strug­gle against the in­ter­fer­ence of for­eign forces in the re­gion.”

Rus­sia has long been Iran’s prin­ci­pal for­eign arms sup­plier but their ties took a ma­jor hit in 2010 when Moscow can­celled a con­tract to de­liver ad­vance S-300 ground to air mis­siles, cit­ing UN sanc­tions im­posed over Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gramme. “The two coun­tries have also de­cided to set­tle the S-300s prob­lem,” the Ira­nian De­fence Min­istry said.

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