The Iranian defense minister is visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation.
Gen. Hossein Dehghan meets Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin and also holds talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.
Shoigu hails a “high level of mutual trust” between Moscow and Tehran and their readiness to coordinate policies.
Russia and Iran both have backed Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout Syria’s civil war.
Dehghan says in an interview with Russian state television that Tehran wants to expand military and technical ties with Russia.