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Iranian General Qasem Soleimani arrived in Moscow to discuss Russia’s relations with the Arab countries, sources told Fox News. According to them, the General is not pleased with the strengthening of economic ties between the parties
Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the division for international relations of “Quds” Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, February 14, arrived in Moscow to meet with several senior Russian officials. This was told by Fox News several sources in the Western intelligence, informed about his plans.
Against Soleimani sanctions imposed by the UN, specifies the channel. According to resolution 1747, he is forbidden to travel, and any country that provides tourist or transit visa, violate the sanctions. Russia is a permanent member of the UN security Council, and in the course imposed on Soleimani restrictions, reports Fox News.
According to interlocutors of the channel, the Iranian General should be in Moscow within a few days. During his visit, he intends to “Express their dissatisfaction with the Russian government’s relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.” According to them, dissatisfaction Soleimani causes the strengthening of economic ties between the two countries and deals in arms.
The State Department said that was not aware of the visit of the Iranian General in Russia. The CIA could not comment on this information.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in an interview with “Interfax” said later that the issue of Soleimani in Moscow should not be addressed to the Kremlin. “It is not for us to question,” he said.
Foreign media in the last year and a half repeatedly reported about the visit of Soleimani in Russia. In April 2016, sources Fox News reported that Iranian General intends to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The interlocutors Reuters also reported on his visit to the capital. According to them, he had to discuss supply anti-aircraft missile system s-300. However, the Kremlin then announced that the meeting of the President with Soleimani planned.
After the start of military action in Syria Reuters, citing informed sources said that Soleimani was in Moscow in July 2015. According to them, that his visit was the first step in the planning of Russia in this operation.