Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan (L) shake hands during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 16, 2016. / AFP / POOL / VADIM SAVITSKY
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Iran's Hossein Dehghan and Shoigu spoke about "the necessary measures for the progressive development" of their military cooperation, based on the accord signed in January between Tehran and Moscow, the statement said.The Russian defense chief did not speak specifically about Syria, where Russia on Sept. 30 sent in its warplanes to lauch air strikes at the request of Syrian President Bashir Assad, who is also supported by Iran.Iran and Russia, long-time allies of Syria, have also reinforced their military and nuclear cooperation since the signing in July of an historic accord between Tehran and the world powers on the Iranian nuclear program.
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