Khamenei seeks long-term Moscow, Tehran cooperation

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on July 19. Screenshot from Reuters video.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Tehran and Moscow needed to stay vigilant against “Western deception,” calling for long-term cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, state TV reported on Tuesday.

“War is a harsh and difficult event, and Iran is not at all pleased that ordinary people suffer from it,” Khamenei said, referring to the Ukraine crisis.

“The US dollar should be gradually taken off global trade and this can be done gradually,” he added.

Putin had also held talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.