Iran’s Supreme National Security Council: Russian-Iranian ties turn into strategic cooperation
The scope of Iran’s relations with Russia was extended to turn into “strategic ties” following Moscow’s involvement in the war on terrorism in Syria, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said.
The relations between Iran and Russia developed into strategic ties, not least after Russia began to take a serious role in the fight against terrorism in Syria, Shamkhani noted.
Describing the bilateral arms deals as only a small portion of defense cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, Shamkhani said the two sides have decided to boost military interaction in light of their mutual interests, Tasnim reported.
Asked about any concerns about Russia’s augmenting influence in the region in the wake of its freedom to wield power amid the crisis in Syria, Shamkhani said there is no place for concern because Iran and Russia are handling military actions "in a coordinated manner and with a mutual purpose".