Iran and Russia Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

Iran and Russia Sign Military Cooperation Agreement
Tue Jan 20, 2015 15:07:52

Iran and Russia have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in defense and military arenas.

 Defense ministers from Iran and Russia agreed on Tuesday to push for the settlement of a lingering dispute over Russia’s failure to honor its commitments under a sale contract, according to which Moscow was obligated to deliver S-300 missile batteries to the Islamic Republic.

The agreement was made in a meeting between Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart, General Sergei Shoigu, who arrived in Tehran on Monday night.

The deal stressed the need for strengthening and promoting the level of bilateral military and defense cooperation with regard to the common interests of both Tehran and Moscow.

The two ministers also emphasized the importance of maintaining regional and international peace, security and stability as well as countering all types of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Elsewhere in the meeting with Dehqan, the Russian minister hailed Iran as a “key country in the provision of security across the region.”

He also noted that military and defensive ties between Tehran and Moscow will greatly contribute to boosting security and stability at the regional and international levels.

Iran and Russia face common challenges and threats, Shoigu added, noting that those challenges could be dealt with through mutual cooperation.

“We place a high value on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s measures for the fight against terrorism and narcotics trafficking, and call for mutual cooperation in this field,” the Russian minister added.