Presidents of Russia, Iran, Turkey to meet in Tehran next week: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Tehran next Tuesday where he will attend a trilateral meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said.

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Putin will also meet separately with Erdogan while in Tehran, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Boosting economic ties between Iran and Russia will be the main priority of Putin’s visit to Tehran next week, an Iranian lawmaker said.

“Planning for the development of economic cooperation between Iran and Russia will be the priority of the consultations between [Putin and Raisi],” Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Mohammadreza Pourebrahimi, head of the Iranian parliament’s economic committee, as saying.

US and European sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine have made Moscow “in need of economic cooperation with Iran more than ever,” Pourebrahimi said.

Iran views Russia as a strategic ally. Tehran did not condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has blamed the war there on the US and its European allies.

On Monday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Iran was preparing to provide Russia with “several hundred” drones to use in its war on Ukraine.

“Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline,” Sullivan said.

“Our information further indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use these UAVs, with initial training sessions slated to begin as soon as early July,” he added.

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