Iranian defense minister in Moscow to boost military ties

MOSCOW – Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan met on Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and also held talks with

his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu for talks about closer military cooperation.

Shoigu hailed a “high level of mutual trust” between Moscow and Tehran and their readiness to coordinate policies. Dehghan said in an interview with Russian state television that Tehran wants to expand military and technical ties with Russia. Russia has a contract with Iran to deliver long-range S-300 air defense missiles, and Tehran also has expressed interest in other Russian weapons. Dehghan said earlier this month that Iran plans to sign a deal with Russia for the purchase of Su-30 fighter jets.



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