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Iran, Russia hold first round of defense talks

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (ISNA)-Iran's Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Serdyukov started the first round of talks in Moscow. Najjar arrived in Moscow on Tuesday on the official invitation of Serdyukov.

Due to Iran's dynamic and positive role in preserving peace and stability in the region and the common viewpoint between the two countries, it is necessary that bilateral cooperation in regard with settling regional and international issues be promoted more than before, said the Russian official.

Najjar responded by saying expansion of ties with Russia in all fields is among Iran's priorities particularly within a strategic cooperation framework.

"The mutual viewpoint of the two countries towards the beginning point of threats that challenge the region and international system has prepared the ground for a mutual approach in order to establish peace and security in the region and further the bilateral cooperation in international scene," he added.

Narcotic smuggling, terrorism and extremism are all threats posed by objectives of NATO expansion in the East and emblematic of threats towards peace and security in the region and the world, he noted.

The two sides finally emphasized to continue bilateral security and defensive cooperation in the region and the world.

The meeting came as foreign media report that Tehran is trying to persuade Russia to fulfill the $800 million contract on S-300 systems.

The S-300 surface-to-air system can track and fire at targets 120 km (75 miles) away, is able to track 100 targets simultaneously and enjoys high jamming immunity.

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