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Russia deepens military, economic ties with Iran, seeks to bypass sanctions – ISW

KYIV. Jan 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Russia continues to deepen military and economic relations with Iran, seeking a mutually beneficial circumvention of sanctions, according to a January 23 report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

"Russian Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin met with Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on January 23 to expand bilateral cooperation efforts.[9] Ghalibaf noted that Moscow and Tehran should strive to strengthen ties in the banking, energy, and commodity-trading sectors in the face of American sanctions, which Volodin credited for bringing the two countries closer together.[10] Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) sources additionally speculated on further military cooperation efforts between Tehran and Moscow," the institute said.

IRGC-affiliated outlet Tasnim News published an editorial arguing that a Russo-Iranian joint production deal could allow Iran to receive Russian Mi-28 and Ka-52 attack helicopters.

"Both Tehran and Moscow are likely looking to these agreements to mitigate the pressure of sanctions levied against them by the US," the ISW said.