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Iran supreme leader backs strengthening ‘long-term cooperation’ with Russia

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greet each other as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stands at right, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greet each other as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stands at right, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for strengthening “long-term cooperation” with Russia in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a statement says.

“The long-term cooperation between Iran and Russia is deeply beneficial to both countries,” he says, according to a statement on his official website, which also notes that both countries are under Western sanctions.

“There are many understandings and contracts between the two countries, including in the oil and gas sector, which must be followed up and implemented fully,” Khamenei adds.

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