In Iran, Putin will hold the first foreign meeting since the start of a large-scale war in Ukraine

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In Iran, Putin will hold the first foreign meeting since the beginning of a large-scale war in Ukraine

In addition to the Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Russian president should meet with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea.

On Tuesday, July 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Tehran, where he will meet with Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This is the first foreign visit of a Kremlin leader since the beginning of the acute phase of the war in Ukraine. This is reported by Reuters.

In the Iranian capital, Putin is also due to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea and issues of a peaceful settlement in Syria.

Putin's visit, coming just days after US President Joe Biden's trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, is signaling to the West that Moscow plans to forge close strategic ties with Iran, China and India amid Western sanctions.

< p> According to Putin's adviser on foreign policy, Yuri Ushakov, contacts with Khamenei are very important, since a trusting dialogue has been established between the countries on issues of the bilateral and international agenda. It is noted that the positions of the Russian Federation and Iran converge on most issues.

Both countries are under Western sanctions

Western economic sanctions apply to Iran due to nuclear program, therefore, and for a number of other reasons, Putin's visit seems very timely for Tehran.

Representatives of the Middle Eastern country are striving to strengthen relations with the Russian Federation against the backdrop of the emerging Arab-Israeli bloc – the Persian Gulf countries, which is why the balance of power in The Middle East may turn against Iran.

Amid the war in Ukraine and the confrontation with the United States, Tehran is seeking Moscow's support, a senior Iranian official said on condition of anonymity.

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