Putin speaks to Iranian President, with emphasis on deepening ties - Kremlin

Russia has stepped up its efforts to build ties with Iran and other non-Western countries since it invaded Ukraine on February 24.

 RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, last month. (photo credit: Iranian Presidential Website/WANA/handout via Reuters)
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, last month.
(photo credit: Iranian Presidential Website/WANA/handout via Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, with both leaders placing emphasis on deepening political, trade and economic cooperation, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

It did not say when the phone call took place and made no mention of Iranian arms supplies to Moscow. Russia has stepped up its efforts to build ties with Iran and other non-Western countries since it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

"A number of topical issues on the bilateral agenda were discussed, with the emphasis on further enhancing cooperation in the political, trade and economic fields, including the transport and logistics sector," the Kremlin said.

Senior Russian security official met Iranian leaders in Tehran

A senior Russian security official met Iranian leaders in Tehran on Wednesday and the two countries pledged closer ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attend a meeting in Tehran, Iran July 19, 2022. (credit: Sputnik/Sergei Savostyanov/Pool via REUTERS)Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attend a meeting in Tehran, Iran July 19, 2022. (credit: Sputnik/Sergei Savostyanov/Pool via REUTERS)

The visit took place following accusations by Ukraine and the West that Russia has used Iranian drones to target Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

Iran says it sent Russia a small number of drones before the war began. Last month, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters that Iran had promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles.