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Putin meets with his Iranian counterpart: Our relations are developing very well
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, praised his country's ties with Iran, in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raidi, as they both discussed the Israel-Hamas war. Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules Gaza, has been declared a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, Moscow has aimed to strengthen economic and political ties with Tehran. Both countries are under Western sanctions.
"Our relations are developing very well. Please send my best wishes to leader [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei," Putin told Rais, referring to the head of state.
"Thanks to his support, we have reached a good momentum in the last year", Putin said among other things.
Western countries have accused Tehran of supporting Russia's offensive in Ukraine by providing it with large quantities of drones and other weapons. The two discussed the two-month Israel-Hamas war, which has drastically increased tensions between Israel and Arab states in the Middle East. "It is very important for us to exchange views on the situation in the region, especially regarding the situation in Palestine," Putin said.
The Russian president also spoke with the Israeli leader and the Arabs shortly after the start of the war, and tried to position himself as a potential mediator for peace between the parties. Hamas militants have escalated the war with Israel after the attack they carried out on its territory on October 7, killing over 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages.
As a result, Israel has launched ground and air offensives in Gaza with 2.3 million inhabitants. According to Palestinian health authorities, over 15,800 people have died as a result of Israeli attacks. The Israeli army, on the other hand, blames Hamas for the killings, accusing it of operating in densely populated civilian areas.