Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is set to visit Moscow on December 7 for talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as the two countries strengthen economic and military ties in the face of Western sanctions.
"I can confirm. There will be Russian-Iranian negotiations on December 7," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on December 5 when asked about media reports of Raisi's impending visit.
According to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, Raisi will be accompanied by a high-ranking political-economic delegation.
“Consultation on bilateral issues, including economic interactions, as well as dialogue on regional and international issues, especially the issue of Palestine and developments in Gaza, will be the main agenda of the president of our country in this one-day trip,” it added.
Tehran and Moscow have deepened their bilateral ties, particularly in the military sphere, since the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia over its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The European Union, the United States, the UK and other countries have also issued several rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in recent months over its crackdown on dissent and its supply of hundreds of drones to Russia for its war effort in Ukraine.
Raisi’s visit to Moscow will come a day after Putin makes a one-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, at a time when Russia wants to advance its role as a power broker in the conflict in the Middle East.
The talks will focus on bilateral relations, the war between Israel and Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which is supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran, and issues related to oil price caps under OPEC+, Peskov said.