Russian president reportedly calls general ‘my friend Qassem,’ discusses situation in Syria, where Tehran and Moscow are both now assisting Assad
The commander of the Al-Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Qassem Soleimani, held talks in Moscow last week with President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s semi-state Fars news agency reported Wednesday.
“General Soleimani held a meeting with President Putin and high-ranking Russian military and security officials during a three-day visit last week to pursue the issues raised during the (late November) meeting between Putin and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei (in Tehran),” Fars quoted unofficial sources saying.
Fars said Putin discussed the “latest developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon” with Soleimani, and referred to him as “my friend, Qassem.”
It also said that the IRGC denied the report, but noted that, since Soleimani is under constant threat by enemies including “Israeli and American secret services,” his activities are generally conducted in secret.
Full article: Putin said to host Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Soleimani (The Times of Israel)