Iran to increase cooperation and assistance in Russian military efforts

Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission members confirm increased cooperation, claim military assistance is fight against ISIS


Following two days of strikes carried out in Syria by Russian bombers deployed from Iran, Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that Iranian-Russian military cooperation would increase and expand in the near future.

A member of the Commission, Alireza Rahimi stated following the strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday that “This is a bigger plan and a bigger agreement… which is not fixed in the Middle East, and especially in Syria,” stating that “depending on the development of the situation in Syria, new decisions could be made,” without giving specifics.

Additionally a spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stated that Iran would cooperate and assist Russia in combatting ISIS, stating that “Iran has been ready to carry out… cooperation, including sharing facilities with Russia in combating ISIS.”

Hosseini also spoke of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system Iran purchased from Russia, stating on Thursday that “In view of the fact that Russia remains committed to its obligations and supplies the S-300 systems in strict accordance with the schedule, the Islamic Republic of Iran is no longer sees reasons for legal claims,” adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has begun “the necessary training of personnel” for the S-300 system.

Russia began delivering the missile system earlier this year, the missiles for the S-300 system delivered in July. Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili confirmed that the entire system would be delivered and operational no later than March of 2017.