Lavrentiev made the remarks in a meeting with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Tuesday, Mehr News Agency reported.
The Russian official also pointed to a recent meeting between officials from Russia, the US and Israel and said, “Russia’s clear and explicit stance on Iran’s legitimate presence in Syria and its opposition to ineffective maximum pressure policy on the Islamic Republic was conveyed to the participants at the summit.”
Lavrentiev described Iran as a powerful country in the region and a friend and strategic partner for Russia.
The Iranian official expressed his appreciation to Russia for its decisive and fair stances on Iran-related issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, the US drone infiltration into Iran’s airspace, Iran’s presence in Syria and more recently the UK’s illegal seizure of Iranian oil tanker in the Gibraltar.
The top Iranian security official pointed out that the US is escalating tensions in the region with the aim of selling more arms, while stressing that the Islamic Republic will continue its political and defensive measures to prevent instability in the region.
He further noted that Iran will decisively defend its interests and security.