An Iranian military delegation arrived in Moscow to discuss the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Russia, particularly between their ground forces, state news agency TASS reported on Monday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The Russian Federation views Iran as one of the key states in the Middle East – it is Russia’s strategic partner and the constant intensive political dialogue is a hallmark of the current stage of our partnership,” the Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief, Oleg Salyukov, said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said in its statement that the Islamic Republic’s military delegation, led by its Ground Forces Commander Kyumars Heydari, arrived in Moscow to discuss “issues of bilateral military cooperation.”
Both subject to Western economic sanctions, Russia and Iran have grown considerably closer since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In particular, Tehran has been repeatedly accused of supplying Moscow with Shahed-136 drones used in large numbers against Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure.