Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in Tehran, as reported by the Iranian television channel Press TV.
In the meeting, Russia and Iran agreed to increase military cooperation against the background of the escalation of the Syrian crisis, in which both parties actively support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to Press TV, Rouhani outlined Iran’s position in regard to the Syrian crisis, and highlighted several possible solutions to the conflict. Shoygu, in turn, presented the Kremlin’s position on a possible ceasefire in the war-torn country.
On February 16th, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan made an official visit to Moscow, during which Iran announced its plan to purchase Russian weapons. The United States expressed dissatisfaction with the announcement, as Iran continues to be subject to an arms embargo, despite the lifting of economic sanctions last month.