Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit is aimed to cover talks with senior Iranian officials on ways to promote ties between the two countries in the defense sphere.
The Russian Interfax News Agency quoted the Iranian Embassy in Moscow’s press office on Thursday that Shoigu will arrive in Tehran on January 19.
Shoigu is scheduled to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, on January 20.
Head of Russia’s Strategies and Technologies Analysis Center Ruslan Pukhov, , pointing to Shoigu’s upcoming visit to Tehran stated that the trip could resolve issues in Tehran-Moscow arms trade.
The Russian official also said his country’s refusal to deliver S-300 missile systems to Iran had a "negative” impact on the two countries’ "climate in bilateral military technological cooperation”.
"This of course doesn't mean that there won’t be domestic projects_ for example exports of radar equipment designed and manufactured by Almaz-Antey or, for that matter, electronic warfare equipment produced by the KRET corporation,” he noted.
According to a contract which was signed in 2007, the Russian Federation was required to provide the Islamic Republic with at least five S-300 missile systems.
But Russia refused to deliver the systems under the pretext that it is was banned by a series of sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN.