Iran’s ‘private sector’ imports AstraZeneca vaccines made in Russia

Iran has fallen short in its vaccination effort, mainly because of ban on purchasing American and British vaccines. (IRNA) July 29, 2021 Iran’s Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that a shipment of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines produced in Russia has been imported “by the private sector”, amid a surge in [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Russia|

Russia confirms Israel’s bombing of Iranian stronghold in Syria

Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria, Dec 25, 2018. (Reuters) July 27, 2021 The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the Syrian air defense forces thwarted, at dawn on Sunday, a strike carried out by two Israeli fighters against the Sayeda Zainab area, south of Damascus, which is [...]

By |July 27th, 2021|Russia, Syria|

Health official says Iran cannot rely on Russian COVID vaccine

Alireza Raeesi, spokesman for the Iranian National Coronavirus Taskforce. (Supplied) July 26, 2021 Alireza Raisi, a deputy health minister and spokesman of Iran's National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce said on Saturday that production of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine in Iran could not be counted on to meet the country’s needs. "The production line is here [...]

By |July 26th, 2021|Russia|

In the real world, China and Russia are turning away from Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani walk in Bishkek on June 14, 2019. (AFP) By Jubin Katiraie July 22, 2021 Negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal JCPOA have stalled, and the task of the seventh round of talks is still unclear. At a time [...]

By |July 22nd, 2021|East Asia, Russia|

Iran’s Moscow envoy says a 20-year agreement with Russia is ready

Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, Kazem Jalali (R) meets with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (ISNA) July 15, 2021 Iran’s ambassador to Moscow says that the text of a 20-year agreement with Russia has been completed, covering political, security, military, defense and economic cooperation. Kazem Jalali told a television program Tuesday that that the [...]

By |July 15th, 2021|Russia|

Spies from Russia, China and Iran seeking to steal technology, sow discord and meddle in the UK: MI5

MI5 Director-General Ken McCallum is photographed in London, Britain Oct. 14, 2020. (Reuters) July 15, 2021 Britain’s top domestic spymaster cautioned citizens on Wednesday to treat the threat of spying from Russia, China and Iran with as much vigilance as terrorism, in a shift of focus back to counter-espionage nearly two decades after [...]

By |July 15th, 2021|East Asia, Europe, Russia|

Chess champ Garry Kasparov speaks out against Iranian regime

World-renowned chess player Garry Kasparov has spoken out about the plight of everyday Iranians at the hands of the regime. (Reuters) By Christopher Hamill-Stewart July 13, 2021 World-renowned chess player Garry Kasparov has spoken out about the plight of everyday Iranians at the hands of the regime and urged the US to cease [...]

By |July 13th, 2021|Russia|

Iran and Russia move to fill diplomatic vacuum in Afghanistan

Russia has sought assurances that the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan’s northern borders to be used as a base for attacks on the former Soviet republics. (AP) By Patrick Wintour July 10, 2021 Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Russia have moved to fill the military and diplomatic vacuum opening up in Afghanistan as a result of [...]

By |July 10th, 2021|Afghanistan, Russia|

US sanctions 34 companies over Russia, Iran, China ties

A fence surrounds the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, October 5, 2013. (REUTERS) July 9, 2021 The US on Friday announced sanctions against 34 companies and other entities involved with China’s military and policy toward the Uighur Muslim minority, and for facilitating exports to Russia and Iran. The group was sanctioned “for [...]

By |July 9th, 2021|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Russia, Iran, Turkey to continue cooperation in Syria to defeat ISIS: Joint statement

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) July 8, 2021 Russia, Iran, and Turkey will continue to cooperate in Syria to decisively defeat ISIS [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Russia, Syria, Turkey|