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Could “Russian SWIFT” really help Iran dodge sanctions

A man passes the SWIFT logo at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. (Reuters) By Ali Ranjipour July 16, 2020 Last week, Iran’s IRNA news agency published a report entitled “Russian SWIFT: An Alternative to European SWIFT”. The report posited that Iran's access to Russia's home-grown interbank messaging system [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|Russia|

Russian exports to Iran continue to grow despite decline in Tehran’s trade

Cargo ships sail off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, Iran, Jan 20, 2018. (AFP) July 11, 2020 According to the latest figures released by Russia's Federal Customs Service (FTS) it exported $692 million worth of goods to Iran from January to May, which indicates a 31 percent growth in comparison with [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Russia|

What’s on Iran’s shopping list if the UN arms embargo is lifted?

Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets are part of Iran’s air force. (AFP) By Thomas Harding July 2, 2020 Iran will have a range of advanced military equipment it can choose from if the UN arms embargo ends in October. High on Tehran's list will be highly manoeuvrable Russian-made fighter aircraft, as well as some of [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Iran says ‘no military solution’ for Syria in talks with Russia, Turkey

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) July 1, 2020 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there is “no military solution” for Syria on Wednesday during a video conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Clashes between Iran-backed and Russia-backed forces in southern Syria

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) June 27, 2020 A member of the Russian-backed Syrian militia Fifth Corps was arrested at a checkpoint by the town of Al-Harak, in the eastern Daraa countryside, on 25 June, prompting the Fifth Corps to storm [...]

By |June 27th, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Iran maintains local arms industry despite embargo

An Iranian home-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with modern strategic capabilities. (Fars) June 24, 2020 Iran’s Defense Ministry revealed on Tuesday that the country produces 70 percent of the products needed for aircraft and helicopters locally. This has enabled it to keep building drones and missiles, and replacing aircraft even under tough sanctions. [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Iran and Russia’s hypocrisy on display in a new declaration

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (right) with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif. (AFP) By Faramarz Davar June 20, 2020 Iran and Russia have pledged their commitment to tackle global problems through cooperation and upholding international law, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on June 16. Zarif met with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, where [...]

By |June 20th, 2020|Russia|

Russia’s Lavrov vows to stand firm by Iran on nuclear deal

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and Iranian FM Javad Zarif arrive for a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 28, 2017. (AFP) June 16, 2020 Russia on Tuesday vowed to stand by its ally Iran and resist any attempts to promote an anti-Iranian agenda amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. Foreign Minister Sergei [...]

By |June 16th, 2020|Russia|

Iran urges Russia, China to resist U.S. push to extend arms embargo

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. (Reuters) June 10, 2020 Iran on Wednesday called on Russia and China to resist a push by Washington to extend a U.N.-imposed arms embargo due to expire in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear [...]

By |June 10th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Does Russia want Tehran to get nukes

The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. (AFP) By Yonah Jeremy Bob June 9, 2020 The IAEA’s leaked late Saturday report escalated its standoff with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. Already in March, the IAEA publicly condemned Iran for the first time [...]

By |June 9th, 2020|Opinions On Iran, Russia|