TEHRAN: The defense cooperation between Iran and Russia dates back to years before the start of war in Ukraine and is not against any third country, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani stated.
“Military and defense ties between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation sit in the framework of mutual interests of the two states and are not against any third country,” Kanaani told Sputnik on Friday.
Iran and Russia have a long history of military cooperation which did not start since the eruption of conflict in Ukraine, he said, Press TV reported.
The remarks come as exactly one year has passed since Russia started what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine which according to Moscow aims to stop Kiev’s persecution of pro-Russian population in eastern Ukraine and to “de-Nazify” the ex-Soviet republic.
Western countries have also accused Iran of sending military drones to Russia. Tehran has strongly rejected the allegations, noting that it has not sent any drones to Russia for use in the Ukraine war.
Those who are regularly waging propaganda against Iran and wrongly accuse it of supporting Russia during the Ukraine conflict should “take a look at the volume of their arms shipments” to the one side of the conflict, Kanaani added.
Measures of the countries that are exporting arms worth tens of billions of dollars to the one side of the conflict are not helping to end the war, he said, adding, these states do not seek a “political approach” to put an end to the war.
The Islamic Republic of Iran put efforts since the start of the conflict to find a political solution to end the war, the spokesman stated.
Iran and Ukraine have a history of friendly relations, he noted, adding that the level of ties has decreased since last year due to the situation in Ukraine and Western countries’ political pressures on Kiev.
“Relations between Iran and Russia are based on the political will of the leaders of the two countries,” Kanaani underlined.
Iran and Russian enjoy great, joint, and complementary economic capacities, the spokesman added, stressing that the bilateral cooperation is expanding in various areas such as economy, industry, energy, and transportation, for the benefit of the two nations. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)