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2021-October-20  12:33

Iran, Russia Vow to Expand Defense Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a meeting in Moscow agreed to expand mutual cooperation in defense and military fields.

During the meeting in the Russian capital on Tuesday, the top Iranian and Russian generals explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in the defense field.

During the meeting, the two sides discusse the military agreement that is going to be signed soon.

In a relevant development on Monday, General Baqeri announced that Iran-Russia Joint Military Commission will convene in three months from now.

General Baqeri made the remarks in a joint press conference after meeting with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov.

"In the meeting of the Iran-Russia Joint Commission, mutual cooperation in defensive, security, and academic fields will be on the agenda and reviewed," he reiterated.

General Baqeri said that in his meeting with General Gerasimov, cooperation between the armed forces of Iran and Russia, and a contract on cooperation in this field were discussed.

In a relevant development on Monday, General Baqeri said that he was following the implementation of contracts for purchasing defense equipment from Russia in his visit to Moscow.

General Baqeri, who visited Moscow to meet with Russia's military officials, made the remarks during a meeting with experts and managers of Iranian institutions at the Iranian Embassy in Moscow.

"Contracts for purchasing defense equipment from Russian Federation have been concluded after lifting Iran’s arms embargo," the top Iranian commander said.

During the meeting, General Baqeri talked about the status of defense cooperation between the two countries, the latest regional and international developments and the fight against terrorism as objectives of his visit to Moscow.

Referring to the contracts concluded for purchase of fighter jets, training jets and combat helicopters from Russia, General Baqeri reiterated that these contracts were concluded after lifting of arms embargo on Iran

"We will discuss the implementation of these contracts during my visit," he added.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, 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.

On October 18, 2020, the embargo was lifted 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.

General Baqeri started a tour of Russia on Sunday.