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How Russia, Turkey excluded Iran from Sochi deal on Syria’s Idlib

Sochi summit between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, dealt a blow to Iran. (AFP) September 22, 2018 The outcomes of Sochi summit on September 17 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regarding Syria’s Idlib and creating a demilitarized zone instead of launching a military offensive, has taken Iran by [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Russia, Iran race for Syria reconstruction deals

Visitors at Russian companies' pavilions at the Damascus International Fair (AFP) September 20, 2018 Russia is working relentlessly to push against Iran tapping into Syria’s reconstruction projects, as the two compete for securing the largest share of investment contracts in the war-torn country. Iran is hoping to make up in reconstruction deals what [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Russia, Syria|

OPEC chief: Cartel must stay together as US sanctions Iran

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo speaks at an event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP) September 19, 2018 OPEC must stick together for the good of the global economy as founding member Iran faces renewed U.S. sanctions, the head of the cartel said Tuesday — though he did not [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Turkey, Russia, Iran to trade using local currencies: report

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (president.ir) By David O'Byrne September 12, 2018 Turkey, Russia and Iran reached an agreement to conduct bilateral trade [...]

By |September 12th, 2018|Russia, Turkey|

The Tehran summit: Three jugglers and a phantom

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) By Amir Taheri September 8, 2018 Is Russian President Vladimir Putin treating the Syrian conflict as a [...]

By |September 8th, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Putin defies Trump’s demands to expel Iran from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during a signing ceremony after the talks in Tehran, Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters) September 8, 2018 Vladimir Putin is done making concessions to the U.S. over Iran’s presence in Syria. Having pushed Iranian-backed forces away from the frontier with the Israeli-held Golan [...]

By |September 8th, 2018|North America, Russia, Syria, USA|

Russia joins Iran in support of Syrian Idlib offensive

Rescuers and civilians inspect a destroyed building in the Syrian village of Kfar Jales, on the outskirts of Idlib, following airstrikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes. (AFP) September 5, 2018 Russia on Tuesday joined Iran in expressing support for Syria's impending operation to retake control of rebel-held Idlib province, the last major opposition [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Russia, Syria|

New Iran, Russia, Turkey summit on Syria Sept 7 in Iran

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (r), Russia's President Vladimir Putin, (c), and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani pose for the media members in Sochi, Russia, November 22. 2017. (AP) August 28, 2018 The presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey will meet on September 7 in Iran for their third tripartite summit on seeking to [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Trump adviser Bolton says Russia ‘stuck’ in Syria, Iran must leave

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton. (REUTERS) By Dan Williams August 23, 2018 Russia is “stuck” in Syria and looking for others to fund post-war reconstruction there, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the country. Bolton, speaking to Reuters [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|Russia, Syria|

Facebook, Twitter remove pages promoting Russian and Iranian propaganda

A woman displays photos of US President Donald Trump as she follows the news on her mobile phone in Tehran, Iran, in this October 13, 2017. (Reuters) August 22, 2018 Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. said on Tuesday that they each removed about 300 accounts, mostly originating in Iran, that were found to [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|North America, Russia, USA|