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Russia to hold naval drills with Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

Iranian paratroopers parachuting during a military drill along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP) August 25, 2021 Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday it would hold naval drills in the Caspian Sea with small missile and artillery ships from Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in early September. Last week, [...]

By |August 31st, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia|

Russia calls for restart of Iran’s nuclear talks in Vienna

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters) August 26, 2021 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian that talks on the Iranian nuclear deal in Vienna should restart as soon as possible, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday. "The Iranian side perceived this signal with due seriousness," the ministry's [...]

By |August 26th, 2021|North America, Russia, USA|

Emboldened Iran to hold war drills with Russia and China

A member of Iran's IRGC chants slogans after attacking a naval vessel during a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran, Feb 25, 2015. (IRNA) By Adam Kredo August 25, 2021 Iran is set to hold a series of war drills with Russia and China, as the hardline regime celebrates [...]

By |August 25th, 2021|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Iran to launch Russian-language TV ‘as a top priority’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei talking to the state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15, 2014. (AFP) August 24, 2021 The director of the external services of Iran's state television Payman Jebelli has said in an interview with Tasnim news agency(link is external) on Monday that launching a Russian language [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Russia|

Iran’s huge Caspian gas find is a geopolitical gamechanger

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Simon Watkins August 23, 2021 Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention of [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Russia, China are Raisi’s priority in Iranian foreign policy

Ebrahim Raisi, a candidate in Iran's presidential elections waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, June 18, 2021. (AP) August 20, 2021 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is looking forward to activating two comprehensive cooperation agreements with Moscow and Beijing, in line with a rapprochement policy [...]

By |August 20th, 2021|East Asia, Russia|

Conservative ex-parliamentarian says Russia has ‘infiltrated’ Iran

Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari, leaves the podium after delivering a speech at the parliament, in Tehran, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP) August 19, 2021 In an interview published by Ensaf News, colorful former conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari has alleged that Russia has "infiltrated" Iran and played a "destructive role" since the 1979 Revolution. Motahari [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|Russia|

‘Big Three’ WWII-theme memorial photo kicks up storm in Iran

Britain’s new ambassador Simon Shercliff meeting his Russian counterpart Levan Dzhagaryan on steps leading to the current Russian embassy, Aug 11, 2021. (Twitter) August 12, 2021 An online photo of the Russian and British ambassadors to Tehran commemorating a historic meeting of allied leaders during World War II sparked a diplomatic row on [...]

By |August 12th, 2021|Europe, Russia|

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|