The Russian and Iranian stances on the majority of principled international issues are close or coincide. This was stressed Thursday at a meeting between Russian vice-premier Ilya Klebanov and new ambassador of Iran to Russia Qolam Reza Shafei. The meeting was held due to the start of the ambassador's diplomatic mission in Russia. The sides discussed, in particular, issues of implementing bilateral agreements reached during President Sayed Mohammad Khatami's visit to Moscow last March. Issues of trade and economic exchange, cooperation in the spheres of aviation, space and car manufacturing were also touched upon. In 2000, the Russian-Iranian commodity turnover overcame recession and exceeded USD 600 million, while in 1999, the figure was USD 485 million. The commodity turnover upward trend is continuing in 2001 as well, and Russia is Iran's third largest partner, in terms of import volumes, following Germany and the United Arab Emirates.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Kremlin is very concerned about the events related to the crash of the Il-20 Russian military aircraft in Syria
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986