Iranians, Russians receive text messages seeking U.S. election hacking info

Screenshot of a text message sent to an Iranian cell phone user promising up to $10 million for information about anyone planning to interfere in the US election, Aug 6, 2020. (Reuters) August 7, 2020 When Mohamad first got the text message offering him up to $10 million for information about attempts to [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|North America, Russia, USA|

Trade official says Russian and Chinese banks refuse to deal with Iran

A man walks past a Bank of Kunlun branch in Beijing, China, January 12, 2017. (REUTERS) August 3, 2020 The chairman of the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce says Tehran has virtually no banking transactions with Russia and China. If someone with an Islamic Republic passport applies for banking services in these countries, he [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|East Asia, Russia|

Russia hands over terror suspect to Azerbaijan, allegedly trained in Iran

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) July 28, 2020 At the request of the Republic of Azerbaijan Russia handed over an individual accused of receiving “terrorist” training in Iran, TASS and Azerbaijani media reported July 28. Russian Federation Prosecutor General’s Office announced that Mehdi Shukurov, an [...]

By |July 28th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Russia|

Putin and Trump discussed arms control, Iran in phone call

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. (Reuters) July 23, 2020 US President Donald Trump told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Thursday he wanted to avoid a costly arms race with Russia and China and hoped for progress [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|North America, Russia, USA|

Iran’s Zarif offers a new long-term cooperation agreement to Russia

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (left) welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, during their meeting in Moscow on May 14, 2018. (Reuters) July 22, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says extending Tehran-Moscow 20-year cooperation agreement is on the Islamic Republic's agenda. Zarif who is visiting Moscow also announced that in addition to [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Russia|

Russia squares up to Iran in Syria as part of “pact” with Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2019. (AP) By Ahmad Salloum July 22, 2020 Iran is on the defensive against joint efforts by Israel, Russia, and the United States to push militias backed by the Islamic Republic out of Syria. The [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Isreal, Russia, Syria|

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|