Tehran, Moscow and Beijing – an unholy alliance?

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) By Baria Alamuddin December 16, 2019 Donald Trump’s punitive policies are having the unexpected consequence of creating a tactical marriage of convenience between Russia, China and Iran. Traditional [...]

By |December 16th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

The United States is about to sanction Assad, Russia and Iran for Syrian war crimes

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) By Josh Rogin December 13, 2019 More than three years after it was first introduced, landmark legislation that would provide for U.S. sanctions against the Assad regime, Russia and Iran for past and ongoing war [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Iran prepares for joint drills with Russia and China, is ready to sail ‘across the Atlantic’

Iran has sought to invest in its naval prowess as tensions flare in critical waterways just off the shores of the Islamic Republic. (Tasnim) By Tom O'Connor December 13, 2019 leading Iranian military official revealed new details about his country's first-ever trilateral exercise with major powers Russia and China, claiming Iran's ships would also [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

Russia upsets effort to save 2015 Iran nuclear deal

The interior of the Fordo (Fordow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country, November 6, 2019. (AFP) December 9, 2019 Five world powers trying to save their 2015 nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. efforts to overturn it are grappling with a new setback as they meet with Iranian [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Russia|

Russia halts work at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility

The interior of the Fordo (Fordow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country, November 6, 2019. (AFP) December 6, 2019 Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has suspended work on modernizing a unit of Iran's Fordow nuclear complex due to an issue with uranium compatibility, Rosatom's nuclear fuel cycle unit [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Russia|

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 4, 2019 Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint naval maneuvers on December 27, Russia’s TASS news agency cited a senior Iranian naval official as saying on Tuesday. TASS did not report where they would be held. This coincides with [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

Iran asks Russia to provide $2 bln loan for power plants, railroads: Minister

Russia's Minister of Energy Alexander Novak at Sirius Art & Science Park during the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum. Kirill Kukhmar, October 23, 2019. (TASS) November 23, 2019 Iran has filed a request for a loan of $2 billion from Russia to build power plants, railroads and to purchase subway cars, Russian [...]

By |November 23rd, 2019|Russia|

Controversy over Iran’s new ambassador to Moscow

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Kazem Jalali (R). (ISNA) November 14, 2019 The spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry has denied reports Mohammad Javad Zarif is opposed to the appointment of a former member of parliament as ambassador to Moscow. Recently, there have been reports saying Kazem Jalali, a politician close to [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Russia|

Iran appoints new ambassador to Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during their meeting in Moscow on May 14. (Reuters) November 13, 2019 Former member of the Iranian Parliament Kazem Jalali has been appointed as Iran’s new ambassador to Russia, replacing Mehdi Sanaei. This comes amid growing concerns towards the future [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Russia|

Russian official says Iran has not asked to send astronaut to space station

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) October 24, 2019 Russia said Iran has not asked to send astronauts to the International Space Station, despite an announcement by an Iranian official who said his country is planning to send astronauts with Russia’s assistance. The head [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Russia|