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Russian and Iran turn to barter trade

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak (L) exchanges signed agreements with Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian during Economic conference in Isfahan, June 18, 2019. (AFP) June 20, 2019 Iran imports Russian equipment and agricultural products in exchange for crude oil it had already sold to Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said on Tuesday, [...]

By |June 20th, 2019|Russia|

Russia, Iran not natural allies despite shared goals

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (R) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh June 14, 2019 Russia has been voicing its strong support for the Iranian regime in response to the Trump administration’s pressure and recent sanctions on Tehran. The US Department of Treasury last [...]

By |June 14th, 2019|Russia|

US-Russian-Israeli meeting to ‘contain Iran’

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AP) June 4, 2019 The US national security adviser, John Bolton, and his Russian and Israeli counterparts Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat will soon meet in West Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues [...]

By |June 4th, 2019|Isreal, North America, Russia, USA|

Russia rejected Iran S-400 missile request amid Gulf tension

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. (AFP) June 1, 2019 Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, [...]

By |June 1st, 2019|Middle East, Russia|

Tensions grow between Russia, Iran in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018. (REUTERS) May 29, 2019 Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria's Aleppo international [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Russia, Iran maneuver for influence in Syria

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) By Jamie Dettmer May 3, 2019 Once-hidden Russian-Iranian disagreements over Syria are starting to surface. Moscow [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Russia, Syria|

CIA shifts focus from terrorism to ‘hard targets’ such as Russia and Iran

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (R) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran, last November. (AP) April 24, 2019 CIA Director Gina Haspel is reorienting the nation's top intelligence agency, shifting its emphasis from counterterrorism to combating nation-state rivals such as Russia and Iran. Increasing investment into "hard [...]

By |April 24th, 2019|North America, Russia, USA|

Russia, Iran compete for control over Syrian regime regions

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) April 19, 2019 The “cold war” between Russia and Iran in the Syrian regime area continues as military operations against opposition factions receded, after the restoration of Damascus Ghouta and Syrian southern, according to a report. [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Russia’s UN Ambassador: Iran and Turkey will leave Syria

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya speaks during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, February 22, 2018. (Reuters) April 12, 2019 In his first ever interview with an Arab media outlet, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said that the world order [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran’s presence on Syria coast angers Russia

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) April 4, 2019 Russia has expressed its anger over Damascus’ granting of Iran the right to operate the western Latakia port on the Mediterranean. This marks the first time that Tehran is given a foothold on [...]

By |April 4th, 2019|Russia, Syria|