Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the Defence Minister of Iran, said he highly regarded military and technical co-operation between his country and Russia and that the current level of co-operation had been achieved because of favourable and friendly political relations and geopolitical understanding between Moscow and Tehran.
Mr. Shamkhani further said that the co-operation was not harmful to or threatening any state, while having the solo objective of strengthening the defence capabilities of the Islamic republic of Iran. The minister expressed his hope that cooperation in various spheres between the two countries would successfully continue.
According to a source in the Russian Defence Ministry, Russia started deploying elite commando units in eastern Libya. Russian GRU officers, mercenaries and advisors have arrived in Libya