Moscow, 24 October 2023 (TDI): Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday and met with the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.
On Monday, the statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry read, “In a traditionally trusting atmosphere, current aspects of the bilateral agenda were substantively discussed with an emphasis on further building up the entire complex of multifaceted Russian-Iranian partnership.”
After visiting China and North Korea in Asia, Lavrov visited Tehran where he spoke with Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Iranian foreign minister, about logistics and energy projects.
However, concerning the crisis that unfolded in the Middle East, few details regarding the details of the meeting have been released by the Ministry.
Lavrov also took part in regional negotiations organized by Iran with the goal of restoring peace to the South Caucasus.
Since the start of Russia-Ukraine conflict in February 2022, Moscow has sought to strengthen its ties with countries that are traditionally considered West oriented, accusing “the collective West” of trying to break up Russia.
Moscow has held many meetings with the President of Iran and other officials since the start of conflict which did not appeal the West.
Furthermore, Ukraine has urged Tehran to stop supplying deadly drones to Russia, which Kyiv says have played a major role in Moscow’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure.
Iran initially denied giving Russia the Shahed kamikaze drones, but later acknowledged providing a small number before the start of conflict.
The West, specifically the United States, has voiced its concern that a “burgeoning defense partnership” between Iran and Russia poses risks not only to Ukraine but to Iran’s neighbors as well.