Putin arrives in Iran on first visit outside Russia after Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran on Tuesday for talks with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Kremlin leader’s first visit outside the former Soviet Union since Moscow. February 24 attack of Ukraine.

In Tehran, Putin will hold his first one-on-one meeting since the invasion with NATO leader, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan, with the aim of resuming Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports as well as allowing peace in Syria. A deal will be discussed.

Putin’s visit comes just days after US President Joe Biden’s visit Israel And Saudi ArabIran sends a strong message to the West about Moscow’s plans to forge closer strategic ties with China and India in the face of Western sanctions.

“The contact with Khamenei is very important,” Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow. “A trustworthy dialogue has developed between them on the most important issues on the bilateral and international agenda.”

“On most issues, our position is close or similar.”

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in May, Reuters reported that Iran’s crude exports to China declined sharply as Beijing backed heavily discounted Russian barrels, allowing nearly 40 million barrels of Iranian oil to accumulate on tankers at sea in Asia and seek buyers Went.

Before Putin’s arrival, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Russian gas producer Gazprom (GAZP.MM) signed a memorandum of understanding worth about $40 billion.

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