Drones and grain. Putin travels to Iran

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drones and grain. Putin goes to Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin went to Iran – this is his second foreign visit after the start of the war against Ukraine.

After the attack on Ukraine, Russia did not have many allies in the world. One of them is Iran, which is used to living in isolation for many years. Vladimir Putin is traveling to Tehran to take part in a meeting with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as to hold bilateral talks with each of the leaders. He will also meet with Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei for the fifth time. In Tehran, grain exports and the war in Ukraine will be discussed.

Brother in misfortune

Iran has been under Western sanctions for many years. Russia and Iran are accustomed to sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the day before. “Iran has been under certain sanctions for several decades, and Iran has already adapted well to developing and improving the well-being of its people,” he says.

Russia found itself under tough sanctions after the start of the war in Ukraine . Neither Iran nor Turkey joined them. Moscow and Tehran are working on the preparation of a new interstate agreement.

drones and grain. Putin goes to Iran

Putin is visiting Iran amid rumors that Tehran plans to supply Russia with hundreds of drones, some of them with combat capability. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the Russian delegation was recently shown Iranian attack drones.

“Our information also indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces in the use of these UAVs.”

At the same time, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, said that his country was avoiding any actions that could lead to further escalation in Ukraine, including the supply of military equipment. “We have defense agreements with Russia, but we will not help any of the parties involved in this conflict,” Abdollahian said.

Peskov answered negatively the question of whether the topic of drones would be discussed during Putin's visit to Tehran.

The day before, the Turkish Defense Minister said that the parties had agreed on ways to ensure the security of Ukrainian grain transportation routes. “A meeting of representatives of Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the UN, where they can be formalized into a relevant document, may take place this week,” he pointed out. The first such meeting took place on July 13 in Istanbul.

At the meeting between Putin and Erdogan, a final decision on grain may be made.

Ukraine is ready to export grain to the international market, and negotiations on unblocking supplies are at the final stage, said Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

“We are two steps away from an agreement with Russia. It is necessary to decide security issues related to Russia's position We are in the final phase and it's all up to Russia now If they really want to start exporting grain soon If they use this to keep playing their Hunger Games they will keep pushing for the importance of negotiations,” Kuleba said.

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