Putin's visit to Tehran
On November 23rd, the Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Tehran. The official reason for the trip was participation in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), where the participants discussed issues on coordination, within the framework of maintaining a sustainable balance of supply and demand of natural gas, in respect to both supplier and consumers interests.
However, it was not a state visit of the Russian president.
Iranian Press TV notes that Putin's visit to Tehran is his first in eight years. It comes at a sensitive time when bilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism in Syria and Iraq, and thwarting the West's sanctions on both countries, have drawn Iran and Russia closer to each other. Incidentally, on November 23rd, the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on supplying goods, materials and equipment to Iran.