Tehran, 10 November 2022 (TDI): President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi met Russia’s Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev on Wednesday.

The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani was also present during the meeting. The aim of the meeting was to deepen trade and security cooperation between both countries.


The officials discussed various issues related to Russian and Iranian cooperation in the field of security, as well as a number of international problems.

The Iranian President said that his country was looking forward to upgrading its strategic relations with Moscow. In this vein, he said that “this is the most decisive response to the policy of sanctions and destabilization of the United States (US) and its allies”.

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For his part, Shamkhani told Patrushev that Iran aims to stop the war. Along these lines, he said that “Iran supports any initiative that would lead to ceasefire & peace between Russia & Ukraine based on dialogue, & is ready to play a role to end the war.”

The Iranian Security Chief further mentioned that Iran wants to improve energy, transport, agriculture, trade, banking, and environmental ties with Moscow.

While the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia on his part highlighted that the most important goal of his visit was to accelerate the implementation of joint projects and boost cooperation between both countries.

Russia-Iran ties

Russia and Iran are long-time strategic allies. Iran has its Embassy in Moscow and Consulates in the cities of Astrakhan and Kazan. Likewise, Russia has its Embassy in Tehran and Consulates in Rasht and Isfahan.

Recently the ties between both countries have grown rapidly because Iran and Russia, coupled with a number of other countries have been hit by Western sanctions in a like manner.

Russia has become a key trading partner, especially with regard to Iran’s excess oil reserves. The two are also establishing plans to shift from the US dollar in their transactions.