Russia and Iran are working to gradually restore military cooperation after Covid-19 related restrictions temporarily halted activities.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stated this in a meeting with the Iranian counterpart Amir Khatami.

The two countries held a meeting to discuss their military partnership.

Minister Shoigu said: “The epidemiological situation is gradually normalising. We are returning to holding significant multilateral events.”

He added that the ongoing Army 2020 event will enable Iranian delegation to inspect the latest Russian equipment.

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Organised by the Russian Defence Ministry, Army 2020 is being held in Moscow. Around 70 nations are expected to participate in the event.

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, the forum will display more than 730 pieces of Russian weapons and equipment, in addition to industrial exhibits.

It will also facilitate discussions between military officials, researchers and defence industry experts.

Shoigu added: “This year we decided to combine the international military-technical forum ‘Army’ and the Army International Games.

“At the forum’s expositions, the Iranian delegation will be able to get acquainted with the latest examples of Russian weapons and military equipment.”

In another development, Russia signed a contract to deliver the second batch of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey.

Currently, the two countries are working to finalise the financial terms, another Russian news agency TASS reported quoting Rosoboronexport head Alexander Mikheyev.

In September 2017, the two countries signed a $2.5bn deal for the delivery of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey. As agreed, Turkey already received a regiment set of the missile systems.