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    Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation 'Not Limited to Supply of S-300 Systems'

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    The Committee on Defense and Security of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian legislature, will visit Iran next month to discuss weapons sales as well as the peaceful resolution of the war in Syria.

    On March 1, representatives of Russia's Federation Council's Committee on Defense and Security will start their six-day visit to Iran to discuss the provision of weaponry to Tehran as well as the situation in Syria, the Committee's chairman Viktor Ozerov told RIA Novosti.

    The visit comes a few months after the implementation of a contract on the supply of Russian S-300 missile defense systems to Iran, a document which Tehran said laid a solid foundation for the development of new areas of weapons development cooperation between the two countries. 

    In an interview with Sputnik Persian, Iranian political analyst Shoeib Bahman remained optimistic about the future of the Russian-Iranian military collaboration.

    In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, a long-range, S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
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    In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, a long-range, S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    "Currently, both countries are poised to expand partnership in this area, with Iran ready to purchase other kinds of weapons [from Russia] for its Navy and Air Force. The military and technical cooperation between Tehran and Moscow is not only limited to the supply of the S-300 missile system," Bahman said.

    He recalled that in the past couple of months, the two countries have held talks to discuss the supply of Russian fighter jets and light armament to Iran.

    The topic is expected to be further discussed during the upcoming inter-parliamentary meeting in Iran, according to Bahman.

    He also expressed hope that the two countries will continue to cooperate, and that Russian specialists could train the Iranian military as well as technical experts, especially given that Russia is slated to provide more military hardware to the Iranian Air Force and Navy.

    In this vein, Bahman said that it will be necessary to render "staff support to Iranian specialists during the integration of Russian arms and transfer of their technology."

    "Also, the past several years have seen the intensification of military cooperation between Iran and Russia on Syria," he said, also referring to anti-terrorist drills between the two countries.

    "So the level of military collaboration between Iran and Russia is not limited to the agreements on arms supplies," Bahman concluded.

    The $900-million contract to deliver five Russian S-300 systems to Iran was signed in 2007. It was suspended after the adoption of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran in mid-2010.

    In April 2015, Russia resumed the talks on the S-300 deliveries following an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

    Tehran announced a year later that Russia had delivered its first consignment of S-300 missiles as scheduled.

    Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif had agreed that the intra-Syrian talks in Astana were an effective platform for the resolution of the Syrian conflict, pledging to maintain efforts to closely coordinate their efforts to resolve the conflict.

    The Astana talks on the Syrian crisis settlement brought together the representatives of the Syrian government and the armed opposition groups for the first time since the Syrian War began six years ago.

    As a result of the talks, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish a trilateral mechanism to monitor the ceasefire that came into effect on December 30, 2016.

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    • avatar
      Excellent news ... and some ICBM's ?
    • avatar
      Good. So does Trump plan to sanction Russia for this? Just how far is the neocon foolishness going to be allowed to proceed? I had no idea john McCain won the 2016 election. I didn't think he was running.

      Something is very wrong if McCain is happy about a foreign policy. Trump admits that Graham and McCain are trying to start WWIII and then seems to adopt their policy on Iran. Makes no sense at all.

      It also doesn't make any sense to say Trump wants peace woith Russia, but that the US will keep tormenting Iran and treating Iranians like animals. Russia's not going to tolerate that forever. That's the Israeli and Saudi view, not the US citizenry.
    • Mikhas
      Russia needs Iran for it´s security against the US's and Saudi Barbarias hordes of wahhabi cutthroat Orc's and Iran needs Russia.
    • avatar
      2018 midterm elections will be here before Trump knows it. There are also some important state elections in 2017. The only reason a lot of people voted GOP last year was because they thought Trump was changing the neocon party.

      If US politicians want to feel macho or manly, find a nice mistress or take boxing or martial arts or collect knives or guns or work on cars. A man doesn't have to sanction, bomb or torment people to be a man.

      Nothing disgusts me more than some guy in an expensive suit talking like a badass and bullying people he thinks are weaker, but starting wars that don't affect his or his family's lifestyles. They sip their fine wine as they discuss their war plans and what terrorists to support. Sickening.
    • avatar
      This article, this morning,is just an answer to the Us under the table, that Us and Trump are bullshiting against Iran. Eh Plannnnnnnnn.
      Moscou and Tehran are too strong, this is the diplomaty of the chess table.
      Mr Outin is aan artist and Maestro. RESPECT.
    • avatar
      Austrian Schoolin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, and also China needs Iran for the OBOR initiative to become reality. OBOR completed will be the nail in the coffin of globalism.
    • avatar
      Austrian Schoolin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, do you want nuclear war? Iran does not want to go nuclear and with good reason.
    • Drain the swamp
      All Iran needs is an overhead 24/7 satellite system that will spot the stealth B2 Spirit. The lumbering 560mph bombers, which are the only aircraft that can cause any damage to Iran, can even be rammed by small jets on 24/7 standby then.
    • FeEisi
      Russia doesn't pretend to have values to uphold otherwise they won't do business with certain countries. But Russia is in a bad place because a certain alliance limits its market.
    • avatar
      ViTranin reply toAustrian School(Show commentHide comment)
      Austrian School, NO ........ I want US to respect other country's Soveringhty !

      If Libya had Nukes then US, UK, EU country's would not have Destroyed that Country !

      Therefore if Iran Has Nukes, ICBM's make US would think again before attacking !

      And if you Think it is OK to Attack Iran . then Maybe assuming you are from Austria ... that you would be Happy for US to flatten Austria Now, being in 20,000 Jihahists terrorist Mates, cover Austria in Depleted Uranium, use Mini Nukes etc
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      Austrian Schoolin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, Don't think for me even if you are not capable to understand my argument. Iran does not want nukes for good reasons. Iran only survived the aggression of the USA and Israel until now because they did not have them and did not try to get them. Accusing Iran of having a nuclear program was a willful lie of the USA and Israel in order to justify war against Iran. Before Iran could have a nuclear deterrent which would take years it would be attacked with full force by Israel and the USA. Do you wish that or should you not be content that Russia and China are protecting Iran as long as it does not go nuclear.
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      ViTranin reply toAustrian School(Show commentHide comment)
      Austrian School, China, RF and the other Members of the SCO will defend Iran against US / EU Aggression !
      Your choice, if you decide to attack another sovereign country .. than accept the consequences of your actions
      It is quite simple the NON Western World 180 Odd country's have had enough of Western (40 odd country;s ---- there are 220 country's in the world) Aggression
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      Crowbarin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, As we would rather be friends with Iran than go to war. But they have a history of kidnapping ,killing, blowing up,teaching others on bomb making to kill Americans in the past. We have no real issue but they signed a UN deal not to test these missiles although personal I could care less if they tested them. But in the past Iran has had offered to shut down the Strait of Harmuz to everyone and 40% of oil the worlds oil trade. They have threatened US ships for going the only route to the Persian Gulf as there are many nations we trade with up past Iran and have a Base past there too.We see no issue using open water that is the only way in to other areas where we have business. As I said we would rather be friends its not us everyday chanting death to Iran as they do to us.I saw where Americans would visit and be treated very well by the population and invited in for lunch and dinner and no violence but friendly people towards their so called enemy.As we show them respect over here to as I use to know 2 Iranian brothers and they were good people. But with Obama being a sissy and a joke to Iran and everyone else. Trump warned them against charging our ships in neutral waters with threats to blow them up over the radio. But now they threaten if we make a mistake they will sink the 5th fleet which is a very serious statement. As killing 20,000 Americans on all those ships would be the biggest mistake anyone could make.That may even be answered by unconventional means. But I believe if both sides wanted too they could work things out atleast to an extent. They spend about $6 billion on weapons were we spend $600 billion a year as both sides would suffer in a war that is unnecessary but they would run out of S-300s very quick as you can go compare the amount of weapons each side has they are not even close and would lose. There are 2 sides to each story and we don't try to intimidate them with our military but they do so with theirs by running up on our ships when we are taking the only route to our friends and trade partners. But going and threatening to sink the 5th fleet is words of war and will be taken seriously. It would be sad to have a war over disrespect as Trump said he wanted to get along but they fly planes near out ships and use those speed boats to harass our ships. If they want no wars don't pick a fight then threaten to kill 20,000 young men and women. As Trump is not Obama and some people will not put up with crap like that. If they want to try us they will get something they don't want as we don't either but its up to their acts which will determine what will happen. Although not needed NATO would probably step in along with our other friends in the area. As far as Russia or China wanting to get into a war over their actions I would guess no. But although you harbor deep hate towards us as I never wanted the destruction of the ME either as most Americans don't even know but what MSM tells them. But most don't want any wars and as said they showed (the people) respect for American visitors and I believe them to be mostly good and nice people. But we can't have some country buzzing our ships when we are just passing through meaning no issues. But then if they attack a ship posing no threat or sink a fleet as they threatened then war will be the only option left. If there was more respect from all sides the world would be a better place. Also no disrespect meant but with the 180 countries mad at us don't understand where you are going. But people have asked if the US could be invaded I guess by the world or many ,many nations. My understanding is probably not as most transport means would be sunk or shoot down. The use of Mexico or Canada probably not as that would probably be confronted at the start. Get past the military that can all cross the country to almost any area in 2-3 days to meet the threat. Then you have 320,000,000 people only outnumbered by over 350 million guns .As that would be more people and guns than all nations militaries combined. Fighting on their terms and well known areas. So it is possible as that would seem to be a ungodly amount of people to fight back but most could be stopped before even lnding . Also if losing the use of tactical nuclear weapons may be used but maybe not. But didn't know if that's what your comment meant as people have asked that question so I did research one time and kept seeing the answer as most likely no. But you may have not even been talking about that? But maybe things will get better in the world soon as many are seeing what is going on and don't want these wars,as it is the act of greed of a few. But trust me many in the US can understand your view as we don't like looking up and seeing what has happened to the ME. That's why we got Trump in we knew Hillary would start more wars and maybe ww3 by her disrespect for Russia. The democraps ( communist) ,riotors ,protestors and MSM still are disrespecting him and trying to get him out of office by any means possible which would mean a CW. But give the guy a chance as he probably isnt in a good mood with all these liberal SOBs attacking him from every direction. Like I said if both sides treated each other with some respect then people could get along better as the Iranian people seemed to welcome Americans in to eat and talk and joke. I believe they are good people as they were very polite ,helpful,and sincere.Also it looked like a pretty country were people got along very well. We can hope things settle down and peace replaces hate in this world.
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      ViTranin reply toCrowbar(Show commentHide comment)
      Crowbar, They had a Deal not to test Nuclear Missiles ... not Rockets !!
      A subtle difference that Trmpz does not understand ...
      As to Iran attacks on US... Do you think that MAYBE the Wars that US conducted in 1946 and 1953 may have a Bearing on those Iran attacks ... or just co-incidence ??
      It is a very long reply, but it seems you are Totally Unaware that US Waged War on Iran in 1946, 1953 and are Taking current events as the starting Point !
      Perhaps if you looked at it "as what right did US Have to attack Iran in 1946, 1953" it might explain why Iranians have some hostility to US who are showing aggression again off their coastline !
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      Crowbarin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, Hi ViTran It may have been rockets but it was my understanding it was a ballistic missile of course I got that off MSM!! No I was not aware of those attacks I will check that out thanks. Lately I have been looking at all the early wars we were in and they were endless although mostly in the early days we were attacked first.But with the so much past world history I wasn't aware of us attacking them twice in the recent past but I look into that as I can see where that may be an issue. I just know we were friends around 79? Then they had a change of leadership and didn't like us after that. But never looked too much into their history but thanks for the knowledge Ill check that out : ) .
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      ViTranin reply toCrowbar(Show commentHide comment)
      Crowbar, There is a big difference between ballistic Missile and Rocket ... especially having a Ballistic Missile without any Nuclear devices would be a terrible waste of Money to "transport" say 1 - 10 kg of TNT !
      Help with your research ... list of country's US have attacked since 1946, with years and whether dispute still On going, denoted with "-"

      ), (40) Iran (1946; 1953; 1980; 1984; 1987-1988; ), (41) Uruguay
      (1947), (42) Greece (1947-1949), (43) Vietnam (1954; 1960-1975), (44) Lebanon
      (1958; 1982-1984), (45) Iraq (1958; 1963; 1990-1991; 1990-2003; 1998;
      2003-2011), (46) Laos (1962-), (47) Indonesia (1965), (48) Cambodia
      (1969-1975; 1975), (49) Oman (1970), (50) Laos (1971-1973), (51) Angola
      (1976-1992), (52) Grenada (1983-1984), (53) Bolivia (1986; ), (54) Virgin
      Islands (1989), (55) Liberia (1990; 1997; 2003), (56) Saudi Arabia (1990-1991),
      (57) Kuwait (1991), (58) Somalia (1992-1994; 2006 -), (59) Bosnia (1993-), (60)
      Zaire (Congo) (1996-1997 - ), (61) Albania (1997), (62) Sudan (1998), (1963 - ) Afghanistan
      (1998; 2001-), (64) Yemen (2000; 2002-), (65) Macedonia (2001),
      (66) Colombia (2002 -), (67) Pakistan (2005 -), (68) Syria (2008;
      2011-), (69) Uganda (2011 - ), (70) Syria (2011 - ); (71) Mali (2013 - ), (72) Niger (2013 - ); (72 a) Chad 2013 - ; (72b) Algeria 2013 - ; (73) Ukraine (2014 - ); (73) Yemen (2015 -);
      The War in Mali and the surround country's and without a "Stop" in Libya that was Provided by Qaddafi ... will result in tens, hundreds of Millions of Africans flooding EU, UK ... and U$ America ...
      99.9% of U$ americans are unaware of these conflicts and where Patriats return from !
    • avatar
      Please sell them nukes! Please!
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