In a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s defense minister Hossein Dehgan talked about strengthen military cooperation between the two countries.
The topics discussed at the meeting were about the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems. The purchase of powerful weapons including tanks and jet fighters were also addressed in the conference.
Iran’s defense minister Hossein Dehgan also met his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. Sergei assured that Russia and Iran are ready to cooperate on regional and global issues.
It is important to remember that the Iranian regime’s defense minister has been involved in hostage taking and terrorism. He also said he hoped the meeting would build up stronger relations between both countries’ armed forces, according to a report from the Iranian Press TV.
It’s worth noticing that the United Nations passed a resolution forbidding Iran from making conventional arms sales within the next five years. With the UN’s resolution passed on July 20, there is no surprise that Iran is looking for allies to count on regarding the purchase of weapons of mass destruction.
Iran’s military has the goal to buy Russia’s most capable tank, the T-90, as well as the modern Su-30 Flanker fighter jets, said Dehgan. Iran is also interested in Russia’s Bastion mobile defense system, which is equipped with supersonic anti-ship missiles and a whole crew of Mi-8/17 helicopters.
The United Nations is closely watching to any transactions made from Iran and Russia and the State Department would address any concerns by speaking directly to Russia, according to Fox News. A month before Dehgan’s arrival to Moscow, Iran received billions of dollars worth of sanctions relief. These were made due to nuclear deals between Iran and world powers.
Nuclear deals and Iran’s potential allies
As the relations between Russia and Iran continue to grow stronger, Russian defense minister Shoigu hailed a “high level of trust” between the two countries. It is widely known that Russia and Iran have both supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the last years of conflict in Syria. Due to the extreme situation, Syria is going through, both countries have joined forces in order to help the war-affected Syria.
According to General Dehgan, Iran defense minister, Tehran wants to expand its military and technical ties with Russia. Both nations are allies of Syria’s President and, therefore, have provided military support to his regime. The meeting of ministers of Russia and Iran was also focused on the execution of the nuclear contract between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to reconcile the conflict in Syria.
Source: Big News Network