Russian Deputy Prime Minister's visit to Iran cancelled - media

Russian Deputy Prime Minister's visit to Iran cancelled - media

The visit of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to Iran did not take place for "technical reasons," media reported with reference to informed sources in the government.

"The plane carrying Mr. Rogozin and his accompanying officials was due to fly to Tehran yesterday morning, but that did not happen: yesterday the Vice Prime Minister decided to cancel the visit, citing "technical reasons", Kommersant writes.

According to the sources, the reason for the visit’s cancellation was that the Iranian side leaked information about the visit, while Moscow wanted to keep a lid on it. The source in the government said that both parties planned to discuss "sensitive issues" beyond the meeting of the committee on science and technologies headed by Rogozin. Particularly, "a complex conversation was in the offing about the reasons behind the Iranian partners’ plans to purchase aircraft from western countries,

Rogozin intended to hold a meeting with the Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari, and the Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan.