Iran in March concluded a 25-year strategic and commercial cooperation agreement with China after several years of talks. And in mid-September, Iran was admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, led by Russia and China.
Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh - "In recent years, it has become necessary to improve relations between Iran and Russia and concentrate on strategic partnerships," he added.
"Between Iran, China and Russia, the eastern axis is emerging."
Meanwhile, Iran on Monday called on European countries to guarantee an existing nuclear deal that the parties are set to revisit during a planned resumption of talks in Vienna.
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