Delivery of Russia’s S-400 to Iran not under discussion

TEHRAN, Oct. 26 (MNA) – In an interview to Sputnik on Tue., Iranian ambassador Mehdi Sanaei said that the issue of the delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems to Iran was not under discussion.

“Iran is interested in continuing cooperation in defense area with Russia and even in expanding and developing it,” Sanaei told Sputnik on Tuesday, adding that however, the issue of the delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems to Iran was not under discussion.

“In December, Tehran will host a commission on consular cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries,” Sanaei said, adding that talks will focus on consular ties, as well as visa-free travel for the citizens of the two nations.

Sanaei also announced the upcoming visit of Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, who is expected to visit Iran on November 13-14 for talks with her Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani.

According to him, economic cooperation is also another topic that will come up during a meeting of the [Russian-Iranian] intergovernmental commission on December 5-7 in Tehran, attended by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak; “it is a very important event, which I hope, will give a new impetus to our trade and economic relations,” Sanaei said.

Sanaei also discussed cooperation between Iran and Russia on Syria and the issue of use of the Hamadan air base by the Russian Aerospace Forces: “Generally, Iran and Russia closely cooperate on the issue of Syria. Now there are no significant problems,” he said.

He further said that Iran is awaiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to the country later in the year, however the visit of the minister was not on the official agenda yet; “maybe it is caused by the fact that the [foreign] ministers [of the two countries] often meet at other venues,” Sanaei said.

By Mehr News Agency