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Iran and Russia begin joint naval drill

A Revolutionary Guard's speed boat fires a missile during a military exercise, July 28, 2020. (Sepahnews) February 16, 2021 Iranian and Russian militaries have kicked off a joint naval drill in the Indian Ocean aimed at boosting security of maritime trade in the region, Iran’s state TV reported on Tuesday. The TV said [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Russia|

Russia, Iran compete for influence in Syria via private security companies

Militias allied with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Syria. (AP) February 13, 2021 Russia and Iran are taking every opportunity to increase their influence in Syria. They recently urged private security companies to open offices across Syria, offering young men large amounts of money to work for them amid deteriorating economic conditions and a lack of [...]

By |February 13th, 2021|Russia, Syria|

Moscow calls on Iran for ‘restraint’ after uranium metal production

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 17, 2017. (REUTERS)  February 11, 2021 Russia on Thursday urged Iran to show restraint after it started producing uranium metal in a new breach of limits laid out in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. “We understand the logic of their actions [...]

By |February 11th, 2021|Russia|

Russia-Iran cooperation poses challenges for US cyber strategy, global norms

Iranian High Cyberspace Council. (NCRI) By John Hardie and Annie Fixler  February 10, 2021 Russia and Iran inked an agreement last month on information security, a term that in Russian strategic doctrine encompasses not only cyber but information and communications technology (ICT) more broadly. Such cooperation will help these authoritarian regimes to continue suppressing internal dissent and to expand [...]

By |February 10th, 2021|North America, Russia, USA|

Khamenei’s emissary snubbed by Putin

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf speaks after being elected as Speaker of Parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 28, 2020. (AP) By Ehsan Mehrabi February 9, 2021 The former Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, famously liked to describe himself as a diplomat and often described his role in terms of “parliamentary diplomacy”. The current Speaker, [...]

By |February 9th, 2021|Russia|

Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

A medical worker holds a vial with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease at a vaccination point at the GUM department store in Moscow on January 18, 2021. (AFP) February 9, 2021 Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country [...]

By |February 9th, 2021|Russia|

Russia, China, and Iran to hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean soon

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz, Aug 2017. (Tasnim) February 8, 2021 Russia plans to hold joint naval drills with Iran and China in the Indian Ocean later this month, the RIA news agency cited Moscow’s ambassador to Tehran as saying on Monday. The three countries held similar naval drills in the [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|East Asia, Russia|

Iran Parliament Speaker in Moscow with ‘important’ message to Putin

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf greets members of the parliament after being elected as parliament speaker at the Iranian parliament in Tehran, May 28, 2020. (AFP) February 8, 2021 Iran’s parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf arrived in Moscow with a “historic” message to President Vladimir Putin, who refused to receive the official sparking controversy in Tehran. The [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|Russia|

Russia sets up new post near Iranian Guards in central Syria

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS)  February 6, 2021 Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian jets, launched Friday a large campaign to search for ISIS remnants in the Syrian desert between the governorates of Deir Ezzor, Hama and Homs, several sources confirmed. The campaign [...]

By |February 6th, 2021|Russia, Syria|

Just 500,000 doses of Russian vaccine coming to Iran

Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines are being unloaded at the Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP) By Pouyan Khoshhal February 5, 2021 On February 2 reputable medical journal The Lancet gave its stamp of approval to the efficacy of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Since then, the dispute in Iran over importing [...]

By |February 5th, 2021|Russia|