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2021-October-18  13:39

Top Commander: Iran to Further Expand Military Cooperation with Russia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to expand military cooperation with Russia in line with the administration of President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi's 'Look to the East' policy.

"The new administration attaches special importance to the East and the Eastern countries," General Baqeri said upon his arrival in Moscow.

The top Iranian commander underlined that Iran and Russia will strengthen military cooperation.

"Iran has signed agreements with Russia on arms purchases after the termination of a decade-long UN arms embargo on Tehran, which would be discussed during the current visit. We have cooperation with Russia’s Armed Forces and bilateral cooperation has been improved in recent years, he added.

Former US president Donald Trump's administration suffered an embarrassing loss after it failed to renew the Iranian arms embargo 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.

The embargo was lifted on October 18, 2020 under Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

General Baqeri, heading a high-ranking military delegation, travelled to Moscow at the official invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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