In a recent meeting, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Ahmadian and Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu discussed bilateral, regional, and international issues, with a focus on developments in the Caucasus region. A primary point of concern was the expansion of relations between Tehran and Moscow in the face of organized terrorism. Both parties identified the involvement of extra-regional countries as the main cause of instability and insecurity in the region.
The potential benefits of expanding regional cooperation to achieve collective security were also discussed, viewing it as an effective strategy to end foreign interference. A high-ranking military delegation led by Shoigu was in Tehran upon an official invitation from the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri.
Towards a Long-term Military Cooperation Agreement
Following the meeting, Bagheri announced the collaboration between Tehran and Moscow to craft a long-term military cooperation agreement in the near future. This comes after Shoigu's meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, where Shoigu stated that relations with Iran are "reaching new heights" despite pressure from the West targeting both countries.
Shoigu's visit to Tehran occurred a month after a delegation from Iran, led by Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari, visited Moscow. With both Iran and Russia subject to Western sanctions deemed illegal, the two nations have deepened their relations in various fields in recent years, including military and defense, and have become close allies. They have expressed their determination to continue planned activities regardless of opposition from the US and its Western allies.
Continued Collaboration Despite Western Objections
Both Iran and Russia have been under pressure from Western countries due to their military and defense activities. Despite facing economic sanctions, the two nations have continued to collaborate in these areas. This alliance has allowed them to resist Western sanctions and political isolation, presenting new direct security threats to European governments.
While the exact details of the military alliance are yet unknown, the continuing cooperation between Iran and Russia is likely to cause shifts in the Middle East's balance of power. This collaboration could potentially prolong conflicts in regions like Ukraine, increase Iran's capacity to advance its nuclear program, destabilize the Middle East, and undermine Western influence in global governance institutions.
The deepening ties between Iran and Russia, especially in the military and defense sectors, underscore a strategic shift that will likely shape regional politics in the coming years. While the West has expressed concerns about this alliance, Tehran and Moscow have remained committed to their plans, emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation and collective security. As these developments unfold, the international community will closely monitor the implications of this emerging alliance.