Date: 20 December 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński

Russia, Iran Forge Security Partnership

Russia and Iran have stepped up their military and security cooperation. Moscow provides Tehran with training and anti-riot equipment in exchange for weapons and drones. Officials from both states hold working visits. After Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev had met with his Iranian counterpart, more senior Iranian and Russian military and law enforcement agencies officials have been involved in a whirlwind of meetings and talks.

SOURCE: Новости – Генеральная прокуратура Российской Федерации (genproc.gov.ru)

Russia and Iran’s relationship has warmed to a fully-fledged defense partnership, U.S. national security council spokesman John Kirby said on December 10. Iran and Russia are forging closer ties, united by a common enemy and crackdown on their citizens. Russia’s prosecutor general Igor Krasnov has made a trip to Iran, where he met the Iranian Judiciary’s head Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeii. Referring to the mechanisms being used in Russia to deal with protests, Krasnov announced readiness to share these mechanisms with Tehran. Krasnov held talks with Zabihullah Khodaeian, the head of Iran’s General Inspection Organization. Both officials signed a memorandum on judiciary cooperation between the two countries. Iran had asked Russia for help to quell the popular uprising by supplying anti-riot equipment and training. In addition, Tehran has supplied Russia with matériel for its war with Ukraine. Iran has for months sent combat drones to Russia and now is planning to equip Moscow with a Fateh-110 missile system. Britain’s foreign secretary James Cleverly said the Russian military will grow in the coming months, including with the supply of hundreds of ballistic missiles. Iran plans to limit the range of missiles sent to Russia so as not to violate a UN Security Council resolution. Russia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, visited Tehran with a military delegation on December 3, allegedly to discuss the matter. The Russian military official reportedly met with Iranian Armed Forces General Staff Chief Major General Mohammad Bagheri.

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