Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the division for international relations of “Quds” Islamic revolutionary guards Corps, arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian authorities. This was reported by Fox News sources.
According to the information of the channel, the General will hold in the Russian capital for two days, during which time he reportedly will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials. It is noted that Soleimani arrived in Moscow on Thursday on a private plane.
Information about the arrival of Soleimani also confirmed by three sources to Reuters. “General Soleimani arrived in Moscow yesterday to discuss issues including the delivery of s-300 [anti-aircraft missile system], and further military cooperation,” he ordered the Agency to an Iranian official in the security sphere.
Earlier in the week, Tehran has received the first batch of goods under the contract on delivery of the Russian s-300. The contract is scheduled to run until end of 2016.
The Kremlin has ruled out the possibility of meeting the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with Soleimani. “No,” — said “RIA Novosti” press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on the question of whether the holding of such meeting.
In the past six months, foreign media reported that Soleimani visits to Moscow several times. Shortly after the beginning of military operation of Russia in Syria Reuters citing informed sources said that the General visited Moscow in July of this year. Then they claimed that the visit by Soleimani was the first step in planning Russia’s Syrian campaign. The arrival of the General was also associated with the discussion of lifting the arms embargo against Iran.
Then Iranian media announced a new visit by Soleimani at the beginning of December last year. According to sources Fars, he discussed with Putin and discussed with the Russian leader and senior officials of the issues raised at the meeting of the President with the spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in November, as well as recent developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. These data also were challenged by the Sand.