Russia’s defense minister visits Tehran for talks on boosting defense cooperation
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at the head of a high-ranking military delegation, has arrived in Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials aimed at further bolstering bilateral relations and counter-terrorism cooperation.
According to Press TV, Shoigu’s visit to Tehran on Tuesday afternoon came after an official invitation by Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri in June.
The Russian defense minister is scheduled to meet with Baqeri, with media reports saying discussions will revolve around advancing defense diplomacy, expanding bilateral cooperation, and addressing shared threats, particularly international terrorism.
Shoigu will also meet with the senior commanders of Iran’s Armed Forces during this visit to Tehran.
Iran and Russia, as two close and strategic allies, have over the past years deepened their relations in various fields, including military and defense, despite being under heavy Western sanctions.
Last month, Iran's domestically-manufactured Ababil ballistic missile was for the first time put on display at a military exhibition in Russia, alongside a range of other cutting-edge Iranian military equipment, including drones and electronic warfare systems.
The Iranian Defense Ministry also for the first time showcased a replica of its Tactical Sayyad air defense system in the Russian exhibition.
Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari, the commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force, announced after the military exhibit in Moscow that the country had reached new defense agreements with Russia on boosting defense ties, including in the fight against terrorism.