SHAFAQNA – Iranian and Russian defense ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to boost mutual cooperation on defense and military domains.
The two sides vowed to boost mutual cooperation to protect regional and international peace, stability and security, fight terrorism, separatism, extremism, boost military training, hold joint drills and fight piracy in the Caspian Sea and high seas.
“Iran and Russia as two neighbors sharing similar views on regional and international political issues can be paradigm in cooperation through their potentials,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu here in Tehran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to play its responsible role in fighting terrorism and supporting regional states and nations to defend themselves. It will also perform responsibly in strengthening regional stability and security.”
Shoigu, for his part, stressed development of bilateral ties between between the two countries in all fields.
He also said that expanding Iran-Russia defense and technical ties is of high importance in security and stability of the region and the world.
“Iran and Russia can confront the challenges and threats through mutual cooperation,” he said, as referring to shared threats of the two countries.
“Iran is a key regional country, and anyone who does not perceive the reality will be misled.”
The two sides also vowed to end disagreements on S-300 missile system.
Shoigu arrived in Iran at top of a defense-military delegation on Monday night.
Former Russian defense Minister Igor Sergeyev visited Iran in 2002.
In the last several years, Iran and Russia have had vast cooperation in different fields, specially in political and economic spheres.
The two states also enjoy special positions on the international scene and have long had constant and regular consultations on key regional and global issues.