TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A delegation of the Russian Defense Ministry led by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff Igor Osipov focused on naval cooperation in talks with Iranian counterparts, the ministry’s spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday.

– Defense news –

The Russian delegation arrived in Iran on December 24 to attend the second meeting of the Russian-Iranian working group implementing the intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation, the ministry said.

"The talks touched upon a wide range of aspects of Russia’s military cooperation with Iran, including interaction between different forces. Particular attention was drawn to navy cooperation," said the defense ministry’s statement, TASS reported.

Apart from that, Russia thanked Tehran for active participation in the 2018 International Army Games and invited Iranian service members to take part in the 2019 Games.

"During the visit, Vice Admiral Igor Osipov held several meetings with the military leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran, exchanging views on regional and global security, the current situation and prospects for bilateral cooperation in the military sector," the defense ministry said.

"The meetings were held in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and confirmed mutual determination for further development of Russian-Iranian military cooperation," it went on to say.

The Russian delegation led by Osipov met with Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, and several other senior military officials during the visit to Tehran.