Russia's defence minister makes suprise visit to Iran

2016-02-21 21:02
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan (L) shake hands during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. (Vadim Savitsky, AFP pool)

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan (L) shake hands during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. (Vadim Savitsky, AFP pool)

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Tehran - Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived on Sunday in Tehran for a surprise visit, Iran's state television reported.

Shoigu is expected to meet President Hassan Rouhani and his counterpart Hossein Dehghan during his trip to discuss the "situation in the region", it said.

The trip comes days after Dehghan visited Moscow on Tuesday, during which Shoigu said Russia and Iran were ready to step up their military co-operation.

Russia and Iran are both old allies of Syrian President Bashir Assad's regime.

Moscow launched air strikes in support of Syria's government on September 30.

Tehran supports Assad by sending "military advisers" and volunteers to fight alongside the Syrian army.

Russia has authorised the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries to Iran.

According to Russian and Iranian media, Iran also wants to buy Sukhoi 30 fighter jets from Russia.

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