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Status quo calls for closer Iran, Russia ties

Tehran, Apr. 12, 204, (Press TV)Iran and Russia have underscored the necessity of strengthening mutual cooperation with regard to recent world developments.

"Recent developments in the international and regional relations arena as well as the new political landscape in the region necessitate strengthening cooperation between Iran and Russia to cope with domineering and unilateral policies [of the West]," said Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Irans Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi in a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan on Wednesday.

The senior Iranian lawmaker also referred to the ongoing crisis in Syria, which started in March 2011, calling for closer cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Russia to deal with the issue. "Close cooperation between Iran and Russia will contribute to the establishment of lasting security and stability in the region," he added.  "The West has long been pursuing a policy of meddling in Russias sphere of interests," the top parliamentarian further noted, referring to the recent developments in Ukraine and Crimea. "The Wests double standards and its interfering in Ukraines internal affairs have prompted the recent events," he added.

The Russian ambassador, for his part, underlined the significance of enhancing relations between Tehran and Moscow, particularly in international domains including the issues of Ukraine and Syria. "Despite measures by some countries to meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine, Russia will defend the interests of all Ukrainian citizens," Dzhagaryan said. Ukraine has been gripped by political crisis since November 2013.

He also described cooperation between Iran and Russia concerning the crisis in Syria as fruitful, saying, "The two countries can have effective and constructive cooperation with regard to regional and international developments in international organizations and agencies."

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