The rapprochement between Iran and Russia reached a significant milestone on Tuesday when the foreign ministers of the countries signed an agreement aimed at circumventing the sanctions imposed by the West on Tehran and allowing it to improve its economic situation and arm itself with modern weapons.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, met in Moscow on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of Caspian Sea countries. The document they signed was titled "Declaration of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran on ways and means of coping, mediating the damage, and compensating the unilateral coercive damages on Iran."
The agreement deals with areas such as energy imports and exports, assistance in supplying goods at competitive prices to the domestic market, and access to goods banned from the sanctions list. Last week, Iran announced that it had signed a deal with Russia to supply dozens of modern Sukhoi-35 fighter jets as well as Russian-made attack helicopters.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, for a joint summit in the Russian capital Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the meeting on Monday but did not provide details about its future contents.
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