Russia Sends Military Destroyer to Iran

A Russian destroyer has berthed in the southern Iranian Port of Bandar Abbas, an Iranian Navy commander announced on Wednesday.

“Marshal Shaposhinkov, which is a heavy Russian destroyer, has berthed in this zone to consolidate the military ties between the two countries,” the Commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone, Admiral Hossein Azad, said, according to a report in the Iranian Fars news agency.

Azad said the Iranian navy has arranged certain programs to be carried out during the presence of the Russian destroyer in the region, but said these programs will be announced later.

Iran and Russia have long held constant consultations on key regional and global issues and the two countries have close commercial ties.

Russia, along with China, has been traditionally more lenient on Tehran in regards to its nuclear program. In September, however, both Russia and China joined Western powers in a resolution criticizing Tehran at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors in Vienna.
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