Russian NATO envoy to visit Iran
Russian ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Dmitry Rogozin said he is scheduled to travel to Iran.
He expressed hope his mission to Tehran would be "fruitful." Rogozin would hand a report on Iran's missile program to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev after his mission in Tehran, ISNA reported.
"The visit is scheduled for late September," RIA Novosti cited Rogozin as saying.
Iran has invited Rogozin as Russian president's special representative in NATO for anti-missile shield affairs to meet with Iranian officials to discuss the country's missile program and also missile shield defense in Europe.
Rogozin said, "I hope my visit to Tehran will be fruitful and I will have several meetings to allow me to hand an objective image to Russian president on our South neighbor's activities and programs over providing security particularly boosting missile program."
He added, "Iranian side is willing to gain more information on Russian talks with western countries especially the US regarding anti-missile shield, and also wants to know Russian viewpoint on deployment of anti-missile shield equipment in South European countries."
He continued, "We are interested in hearing our Iranian side's explanations on advancing its missile program as well."
He noted Russia needs objective information so that its political officials can take all-out steps to boost mutual relation both with Iran and NATO and the US."