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Russia and Iran to Formalize New Cooperation Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a meeting. Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a meeting. Reuters

On Wednesday, Russia’s foreign ministry announced the anticipated signing of a new treaty with the regime in Iran.

Calling the agreement “timely, but also overdue,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the accord will, “cover across-the-board multifaceted Russian Iranian ties,” and it, “will formally institutionalize the comprehensive strategic nature of the partnership between Moscow and Tehran.”

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the state-owned TASS News Agency that there has been no determination of the exact date that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will formalize the agreement.

On Dec. 7, the two leaders met for five hours at the Kremlin. During the discussions, Putin described Russia’s relationship with Iran as “developing very well.”

Since Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has turned to Tehran for assistance in munitions procurement. Western sources have accused Iran of supplying ballistic missiles and attack-drones to the Russian Army, in exchange for combat aircraft and pilot training.

Iran has denied providing any weapons that help Russia maintain its fighting capability in Ukraine. The United States has not only refuted this, but it has also accused the Islamic Republic of helping the Russian military build their own drone factory.

Both nations have been under numerous international sanctions for transgressions of international agreements.

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