Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan will visit Russia on Feb. 15, at the invitation of his Russian counterpart to discuss ways to boost mutual military cooperation.
During the visit, Dehghan is scheduled to hold meetings with senior Russian political and military officials, including Sergei Shoigu, Russian defense minister, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Feb. 14.
Alongside with the military cooperation issue, the two parties also will discuss regional and international issues as well as matters of mutual interest.
Dehghan's visit will come days after Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's senior adviser on international affairs, announced that Iran plans to boost defense cooperation with Russia and buy more weaponry from Moscow.
Earlier in January 2015 Shoigu visited Tehran, being Russia's first acting defense minister in 15 years to visit Iran.
During the visit the two sides signed an intergovernmental agreement on "long term and multifaceted" military cooperation.
Tehran and Moscow also share the same stance towards various regional issues including the ongoing crisis in Syria.