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Russia appoints new envoy to Iran amid growing ties

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Iranian ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali (L) is seen in this photo published on his Twitter page as he shakes hands with Russia’s new ambassador to Iran Alexey Dedov in Moscow on September 6, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new ambassador to Iran amid growing political and economic relations between the two countries.

A decree published on Russia’s official legal information website and covered by the Tass news agency on Thursday said that Alexey Dedov will take over as Moscow’s new ambassador to Tehran.

“Appoint Dedov Alexey Yuryevich as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the document read.

Dedov will replace Levan Dzhagaryan who served as Russian ambassador to Iran since October 2011.

The 61-year-old Dedov is a seasoned diplomat who has served as Russian ambassador to Pakistan since 2013. He was also a deputy head of the Russian mission in Tehran from 2004 until 2009.

His appointment comes at a critical time for both Iran and Russia as the two countries are expanding their ties to offset the impacts of Western sanctions on their economies.

Tehran and Moscow have signed major deals in recent months to cooperate on various economic and energy projects.

State oil companies of Iran and Russia reached a memorandum of understanding in July that will cover around $40 billion worth of investment in oil and gas projects.

Dedov’s appointment come a day after Putin said during an economic forum in Vladivostok that Western sanctions imposed on Russia in February over of the war in Ukraine caused Moscow to see more opportunities in entering markets in the Middle East and Iran.

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