The sad saga of the Iranian Navy: The Anglo-Soviet invasion

The navy suffered heavy losses on the eve of the Allied occupation of Iran and the subsequent ousting of Reza Shah. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar December 4, 2020 The modern Iranian navy is the product of the early part of Reza Shah Pahlavi's tenure as Shah of Iran from 1925 to 1941. The Iranian [...]

By |December 4th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, Russia|

US sanctions Chinese, Russian firms over Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions on Iran, Jan 10, 2020. (Reuters) November 28, 2020 The US on Friday announced economic sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies that Washington said had supported the development of Iran's missile program. The four firms, accused of "transferring [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Russia’s Lavrov, Iran’s Zarif discuss Syria, Karabakh, nuclear deal in phone call

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Jan 17, 2017. (REUTERS) November 24, 2020 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situations in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The two men also [...]

By |November 24th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Russia|

Phantom buyers in Russia, advice from Iran help Venezuela skirt sanctions

An Iranian oil vessel (right) is seen in international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on May 20. (AFP) By Marianna Parraga, Rinat Sagdiev and Parisa Hafezi November 10, 2020 On Aug. 21, a tanker called the Otoman docked at the Jose oil terminal on Venezuela’s coast in the Caribbean to load 1.82 million barrels [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Latin America, North America, Russia, USA, Venezuela|

Assad regime, Russia, Iran threaten stability of Syria, region: US Embassy

Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their assault, October 15, 2019. (AFP) October 27, 2020 The Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies threaten the stability of Syria and its surrounding region, the US Embassy in Syria says. “We are very concerned by this dangerous [...]

By |October 27th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Russia, Syria, USA|

Despite U.S. sanctions, Iranian broadcaster pumps out propaganda with aid of Broward firm

IRIB has been under U.S. sanctions since 2013, designed to make it a business and financial pariah globally. (FDD) By Kevin G. Hall October 23, 2020 Iran’s state broadcasting company has quietly used U.S.-based operations of Webzilla, a Russia-linked company caught up in the 2016 election meddling probe, to disseminate Iranian government viewpoints in English [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

An Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran, Oct 18, 2020. (AP) October 21, 2020 Russia’s foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Russian ambassador says ‘no problem’ selling S-400 to Iran when arms ban expires

Missile fires from Talash missile system during the air defense drill in an undisclosed location in Iran on 05 November 2018. (AFP) October 5, 2020 Russia’s ambassador to Iran said Moscow would have “no problem” selling Tehran an advanced air defense system when the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic expires later [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Tehran denies sending Russian arms to Armenia via Iran

Mahmoud Vaezi, Chief of Staff for President of Iran Hassan Rouhan. (MEHR) October 2, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, denied several reports on Wednesday, September 30, that Iran is assisting Armenia in its war with the neighboring Republic of Azerbaijan. Vaezi dismissed the reports as "baseless rumors" aimed [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Azerbaijan, Russia|

Iran’s Zarif tries to form Russia-China alliance against US

Iranian FM Javad Zarif attends the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, U.S., Sept 20, 2017. (REUTERS) September 26, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is trying to entice Russia to become closer to Iran through bilateral relations, Iranian media reported Thursday. He arrived in Moscow to discuss relations with Russia. His goal is to pave [...]

By |September 26th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|