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Putin will visit Iran for the first time after the invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran tomorrow. The leaders and their delegations are expected to hold bilateral meetings; during the meeting, they are expected to discuss issues ranging from the Ukraine war to the Iran nuclear deal.

This visit comes just three days after United States President Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov said that "the contact with Khamenei is very important. A trusting dialogue has developed between them on most of the important issues on bilateral and international agenda."

It is rather interesting that Putin's visit to Iran will collide with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan. Both the leaders are expected to meet in Tehran. They are also expected to discuss a deal to ensure Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports and Erdogan's threat to launch another operation in northern Syria, which Moscow opposes.

It is Putin's first major International trip after the war started, and he is going to the Islamic republic. It indicates that Russia is trying to build good relations with Iran, which had no good ties with the United States after the 1979 revolution. Even before the trip, Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has said that Russia and Iran have always suffered due to the western sanctions.

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