Contents tagged with Iran

  • Kremlin cancels Putin’s meeting with Iran’s Parliament Speaker

    A meeting of Iran's Parliament Speaker, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was scheduled for Saturday, was cancelled.

    Ghalibaf is on a three-day visit to Moscow.

    According to Iranian MP Mojtaba Tavangar, the meeting was cancelled after Ghalibaf refused to accept the health protocols required for the meetings with the Russian President.

    According to reports, very few people are allowed to have face-to-face meeting with Putin, as he remains confined to a …

  • Zelensky promises to erect monument in honor of victims of Ukrainian airliner downed in Iran

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to erect a monument to the victims of the downed Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane.

    "Soon we will have a memorable place where relatives, relatives of the victims, just citizens could come. To remember, to think, to sit next to their close ones. And where one could at least partially get rid of the feeling of that insane injustice from what happened," Zelensky wrote on his Facebook page.

    At the same time, the Ukrainian President …

  • Israel strikes Iranian arms depots in Syria

    On the night of January 7, Syrian air defense systems were activated in response to air attack by Israeli Airforce. Media reports of five explosions. According to unconfirmed reports, Israel attacked targets near the Golan Heights and in the suburbs of the Syrian capital.

    One of the explosions occurred near the Syrian Arab Army radar station in al-Dur, in the western province of As-Suwayda.

    The attack targeted the mountainous area near the town of Al-Kiswah south of Damascus.

    The area is …

  • Kyiv receives report regarding downed Ukrainian airliner from Iran

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it had received from of Iran a report on the causes of the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)  plane near Tehran.

    "Yes, it was handed over on the evening of December 31, at the fifth attempt. Now, all the competent authorities are carefully studying it," said Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin, Suspilne writes.

    Ukraine has 60 days to make comments and suggestions to the report. After that Iran can finalize it …

  • Iran sends anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria

    According to Iran's Army spokesman Abu Fadl Shikaraji, the Syrian government asked Tehran to provide expert assistance and boost its air defensive capabilities to counter air attacks.

    "Iran has sent military experts to Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Along with that we have deployed some air defense systems to Syria at the request of the government in Damascus. The economic conditions do not allow us to provide everything free of charge to our allies and sometimes they have to pay for it, “ …

  • Iran agrees to pay compensation to Ukraine for downed airliner

    Iranian authorities "expressed readiness" to pay compensation to Ukraine for the Boeing airliner, which was shot down near Tehran, said the official representative of Iran’s Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic Abbas Mousavi as quoted by IRNA news agency.

    But this "will take time," Mousavi added. According to him, it is necessary to discuss "various technical and legal aspects" of the situation.

    The Boeing 737-800 of International Airlines of Ukraine, en route from Tehran to Kyiv, crashed …

  • Iran expresses interest in buying latest Russian weapons

    Tehran is interested in purchasing latest Russian weapons, Russia is Iran's priority partner in military cooperation, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.

    "We will consult with Russia on what we need to strengthen our defense capability. The Russian government and the Russian people have been and remain with us in tough times. In this regard, Russia is a priority partner for us," he said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

    Jalali noted that Russia has great …

  • Iran: Ukrainian airliner was shot down due to air defense system misconfiguration

    The air defense system, which shot down the plane of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) in Iran, had wrong settings, because previously it was relocated, said Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, as quoted by TASS.

    "One of Tehran's air defense systems was relocated. This led to a change in its geographical location and direction," the statement reads.

    It is noted that due to the misconfiguration, the airliner was mistakenly identified by the system as an object moving towards Tehran. …

  • Russia and Iran on collision course in Syria

    A large Russian military column entered the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. These were rather three columns that came from different places. The Arabic-language Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported, citing sources in Deir ez-Zor, that about 90 military vehicles, including large trucks, entered al-Tala’i military camp. This is the first time that a military convoy of this size has passed through the city of Deir ez-Zor.

    This "invasion" takes place amid the clashes between pro-Iranian …

  • Israel believes Iran will try to retaliate against airstrikes on its positions in Syria

    Former Head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Directorate, now head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) , Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin commented on the latest attacks on Syria, which are attributed to Israel.

    According to Yadlin, the operational assessments of the situation under which Tehran is preparing to withdraw its forces from the territory of Syria are not true.

    "Massive strikes on Syrian territory last night refute the assumptions …