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    Hossein Dehghan: To Russia for Arms

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    Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan paid a visit to Moscow – the first one since the sanctions were lifted – meeting with President Putin and looking to harvest a rich crop of multi-million dollar arms deals.

    The two sides discussed the future purchase of various Russian aircraft systems, with reports stating that they agreed to sign a deal for the Su-30SM multirole fighter sometime later this year. Mr. Dehghan’s Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, was pleased with the meeting and said that it signaled a – quote – “high level of trust”.

    Russia and Iran are coordinating their anti-terrorist activities in the Mideast via a multilateral facility that opened late last year in Baghdad, which also involves Iraq and Syria.

    Moscow and Tehran are the pivotal anchors in this new regional framework, and their ever-growing closeness is becoming a highly influential factor in global affairs.

    Kyrill Koktysh, associate professor at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations(studio guest); Oleg Konnov, a Herbert Smith Freehills law firm partner (from Moscow); Ben Hartman, political observer at The Jerusalem Post (from Jerusalem); and Lana Ravandi-Fadai, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, shared their perspectives.

    Russian aircraft systems, arms, Hossein Dehghan, Vladimir Putin, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Russia
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