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.