Iran-Russia Ties Expanded following Putin’s Visit to Tehran

A031190619.jpgThe visit to Tehran by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his private meetings with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei brought further development to Tehran-Moscow relations, Russian envoy to Tehran said. Speaking to FNA in the northern province of Gilan on Tuesday, Moscow’s ambassador to Tehran described Putin’s meetings with Iranian officials as much serious and fruitful.

“In these meetings, where I was also present, the two sides discussed economic and cultural relations as well as establishment of the North-South transit corridor and the legal regime of the Caspian Sea,” he added.

“According to the decisions made in the meetings, cooperation between the two countries’ law enforcement, naval and military troops in the Caspian Sea was enhanced and we will soon witness the good results of this cooperation,” the diplomat said.

He said Russia hopes that Iranian and Russian trade and military fleets would visit each other’s ports more often, adding that two of his country’s giant warships have now docked in Iran’s port city of Anzali in a bid to pay a friendly visit, strengthen good neighborly relations between Tehran and Moscow and display Russia’s readiness to enhance cooperation with Iran in all the different fields.

“Russia is now more prepared to consolidate and promote ties with Iran,” he said.

Russian ambassador and military attaché in Iran as well as commander and several senior officers of Russia’s Caspian fleet came to Gilan to attend a meeting with the Iranian army’s senior commander in charge of Gilan region and commander of Iran’s fourth naval district at the central command headquarters in Anzali.

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