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Senior Russian official lauds Iran as ‘good model of perseverance’ for Moscow

Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation, Zubov Igor Nikolayevich (Photo by IRNA)

Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation, Zubov Igor Nikolaevich, has praised the Iranian nation’s resilience and steadfastness in the face of the West's political pressure and economic sanctions over the years, stressing that the Islamic Republic represents a great model of perseverance for his country.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of a Saturday ceremony at the Iranian Embassy in Moscow to sign a book of condolence in remembrance of late Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and his companions.

The senior Russian official noted that resistance against US-led sanctions and the bullying policies of Western powers has become a common feature of Moscow and Tehran.

He went on to underscore that the international system is undergoing a fundamental change from unipolarity to multipolarity, stating that Russia and Iran will stand by each other throughout such transformation.

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“We have a great deal of common values, a common understanding of our future, and finally common enemies.

“When we talk about the relations between Iran and Russia, we refer to the significant cooperation in the economic and military fields,” Zubov stressed.

He also hailed President Raeisi’s adherence to and steadfastness in his thoughts.

The helicopter carrying Raeisi and his entourage crashed around afternoon on May 19 as it was on its way to Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, from a location on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan where the Iranian president had opened a major dam project.

Rescuers found the wreckage of the helicopter early on Monday after hours of extensive search which involved more than 70 teams.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and two senior provincial officials along with crew members and bodyguard also died in the crash.

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