Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has expressed his intention to strengthen ties with Russia to counter US sanctions against Tehran.
Raisi’s remarks came during his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Raisi, an anti-American conservative, visited Russia for the first time since taking office in August.
At the start of the talks, Putin stressed that Russia was working closely with Iran to address the issues facing the international community.
He said it was very important for Russia to learn Iran’s position on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Raisi said he believes the bilateral relationship will be permanent and strategic. He stressed that he will strengthen his country’s partnership with Russia on the economic front and in other ways to counter US sanctions.
Washington unilaterally withdrew from the pact in 2018 under former President Donald Trump and reinstated sanctions on Iran.
The United States and Iran have held indirect talks aimed at reviving the deal, but there is no prospect of a breakthrough.
Russia traditionally maintains friendly relations with Iran. Observers say Raisi is also aiming to strengthen relations with the country to win concessions from the United States.