Putin Offers Congratulations to Iran’s Newly Elected President

Masoud Pezeshkian has been elected to replace the late Ebrahim Raisi

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken with his newly elected Iranian counterpart Masoud Pezeshkian, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

Pezeshkian, 69, won the runoff election over the weekend, receiving three million more votes than Saeed Jalili. Iranians went to the polls after the May 19 death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

“Both sides expressed satisfaction with the high level of good-neighborly relations Russia and Iran have achieved and confirmed their readiness to work together closely to further develop mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields,” the Kremlin said in a readout of Monday’s call.

Putin and Pezeshkian also agreed to organize a personal meeting, sometime this year.

Following the Iranian announcement of the election results, the Russian president sent Pezeshkian a congratulatory telegram.

“I hope that your activities as president will contribute to the further expansion of constructive bilateral cooperation in all areas for the benefit of our friendly nations, in the interests of strengthening regional security and stability,” Putin said in the message, according to the Kremlin. “I wish you success, good health and prosperity.”

Russia and Iran have strengthened economic and military ties to address a US-led embargo, most notably in the natural gas trade. Moscow and Beijing have also supported the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which Washington had unilaterally withdrawn from in 2019.