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Iran’s military chief urges development of defense ties with Russia

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri speaks during an exclusive interview with the Russia-24 state news channel, in Moscow on October 19, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri urges development of the country’s defense ties with the Russian Federation. 

The official made the remarks during a visit to Russia on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Russia-24 state news channel.

“Overall, it should be stated that Iran and Russia’s relations are deepening further and growing stronger in all areas,” General Baqeri noted.

“In the military and defensive areas too, the relations are governed by very favorable conditions,” he added.

Baqeri pointed to his talks earlier during the trip with his Russian counterpart Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov.

As part of the talks, he said, the officials discussed the manner of expansion of the bilateral military and defense relations, and continued cooperation between the two sides concerning the regional and international issues as well as the fight against terrorism.

Covering the issue of the talks, various Iranian media outlets noted that the negotiations spanned a number of issues in relation to regional matters, including the Russo-Iranian cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

The Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation have been respectively providing military advisory support and aerial backup for the Syrian military’s operations against militants and Takfiri terrorists.

The combined assistance helped Damascus defeat the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh in late 2017.

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