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A picture shows export oil pipelines at an oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, on February 23, 2016.
1 Mar 2019 10:30

Hamid Zanganeh

Grounds for Consolidation of Iran-Russia Cooperation in the CIS Region

Economic Cooperation   Trade within Eurasian Economic Union   * Temporary agreement on the formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) and Iran has been signed in 17 May 2018.   * The deal ...

 
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey attend a news conference following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018.
© Kirill Kudryavtsev/REUTERS
11 Feb 2019 10:25

Hamidreza Azizi

Israel Role in Iran-Russia Partnership in Syria

With the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey slated to attend a new round of Syria peace talks within the Astana framework on Feb. 14, the relationship between Tehran and Moscow — two main allies of the Syrian government in its eight years of fighting against rebel and terrorist groups —...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani attend a news conference following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. 
© Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS
17 Jan 2019 18:40

Mohsen Shariatinia

Iran, Russia-led Bloc Move toward Free Trade

Earlier this month, an interim agreement on free trade between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was approved at the regional body's summit in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. After relevant legal procedures in Iran are fully carried out, the deal is expected to take effect as of ...

 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron outside the Vahdettin Mansion during a summit on Syria in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2018.
15 Nov 2018 20:59

Hamidreza Azizi

Why Iran Did Not Attend the Europe-Russia-Turkey Summit on Syria

The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met Oct. 27 in Istanbul for a summit to discuss the ongoing developments regarding the Syrian crisis. In a final statement issued after the summit, the four sides emphasized Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the necessity ...

 
Syrian government supporters wave Syrian, Iranian and Russian flags as they chant slogans against US President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of US, British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
15 Aug 2018 22:06

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran Readjusts Its Syria Strategy amid Russia’s Changing Role

As the Syrian government is now in full control of most parts of the war-torn country, the role of Iran, as a main ally of President Bashar al-Assad, appears to be undergoing significant change.   On Aug. 1, the Russian president’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said Iranian ...

 
Iran
2 Aug 2018 20:59

Nikolay Kozhanov

Prospects for Iranian-Russian Cooperation

Since 2012, Russia and Iran has been persistently trying to create the solid base for the development of bilateral relations. However, the role of the economic factor in building up of these relations is still substantially underestimated and neglected. Moreover, for the last five years, the volume ...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) speaks with Ali Akbar Velayati (2nd L), foreign policy advisor to Iran supreme leader, during a meeting at the Novo-Ogarevo residence, outside Moscow, on July 12, 2018.
27 Jul 2018 11:13

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran’s Maneuvers to Protect Its Interests in Syria

The Finnish capital, Helsinki, turned into the main center for international diplomacy July 16 by hosting a long-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, as Iran and Syria topped the agenda of the two presidents’ discussions at ...

 
An Iranian flag flutters on a truck carrying humanitarian aid in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, Sept. 20, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
13 Jul 2018 14:15

Hamidreza Azizi

Why Putin Won’t Throw Iran under the Bus in Syria?

The Finnish capital of Helsinki will host a summit July 16 between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Amid preparations for the meeting, speculation has been raised about the topics that may be discussed by the two presidents. Although the formal agenda has yet to ...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao, China, June 9, 2018. 
Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS
16 Jun 2018 08:54

Hamidreza Azizi

How Russia-Israel Engagement Is Benefiting Iran

On June 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Among the issues discussed in the meeting, the two sides touched upon their regional cooperation, especially ...

 
Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan Kremlin
5 Jun 2018 22:17

Zahra Mohammadi

Literary and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue between Iran and Russia; Guarantee for Promoting Sustainable Bilateral Relations

Although, one cannot find a direct relationship between literature and politics and political relations at first glance, but literature has had a direct impact on political decisions.

 
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (C) and other delegates of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security secretary summit arrive at the Great Hall of the People on May 22, 2018 in Beijing, China
27 May 2018 23:35

Saadat Hassan Bilal

Shanghai Cooperation Organization; Ensuring Regional Peace & Connectivity

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was initially come into being in 1990 between the former USSR and China. First time in 1996, Heads of States and delegates from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan and Tajikistan sit together in Shanghai to draw upon the mandate, goal and structure of SCO ...

 
Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO
22 Apr 2018 21:12

Vali Kaleji

Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is considered as one of the regional mechanisms of Eurasia is in a very sensitive situation. Over the past twenty years the organization has experienced a significant horizontal expansion (acceptance of members) and vertical expansion (goals and tasks)....

 
© 2018 Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP
10 Apr 2018 07:31

Hamidreza Azizi

What Putin’s Visit to Ankara Tells Us about Russia’s Relations with Turkey and Iran

On April 4, the Turkish capital Ankara hosted the presidents of Iran and Russia, who, together with their Turkish counterpart, held the second trilateral summit of Astana Process on the Syrian settlement. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkey the day before to attend the seventh meeting ...

 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C), his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iran
3 Mar 2018 03:02

Farhad Atai

The West in Tehran-Moscow Relations

Russia and Iran have been neighbors for over three centuries. Since the beginning of this “neighborly” relationship, Iran has been the smaller and weaker partner in terms of size, military capability, and international stature. This relationship has always been affected by Moscow’...

 
Russian ambassador to Turkey Aleksey Yerhov and other officials arrive to lay a wreath in front of the assassinated Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov
20 Feb 2018 20:26

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Turkey’s Cooperation with Iran and Russia: Tactical or Strategic?

More than two weeks since the start of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria, lingering questions regarding Ankara's ultimate aim remain. Denounced by Damascus, in a formal complaint to the UN, as a breach of Syrian sovereignty, Turkey's on-going military intervention has raised ...

 
Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches during the Tavrida International Youth Forum in Steregushcheye at Bakalskaya spit, Crimea, August 20, 2017
30 Jan 2018 06:29

Hossein Ahmadi

Russia's Threats and Europe's Limits

Mutual security and military actions taken by Europe and Russia, especially following developments in Ukraine, have been among important issues for analysts of Europe’s issues.  During recent years, the European Union and its member states have been facing three remarkable threats: the ...

 
People walking along Nevsky Prospekt Street, St Petersburg, Russia
24 Jan 2018 07:38

Who Benefits from EU-Russia Tensions?

Despite speculations suggesting rising tensions in relations between Russia and Europe, experts believe that a military conflict between the two sides is not probable, as their interests are only guaranteed through continuing cooperation.   The recent war rhetoric traded between Moscow and ...

 
Russia
16 Jan 2018 22:02

Alireza Nouri

The Pattern of Active Balance and Deterrence in Iran-Russia Relations in Syria

One of the major deficiencies in Iran-Russia relations during the post-Soviet period is its instability and the fact that it is influenced by third variables, especially the “West”. Therefore, a question has always been raised whether a stable basis can be defined for these relations? ...

 
Children take part in a New Year performance at the Starina Sibirskaya local history and culture open air museum in Bolsherechye on December 23, 2017
7 Jan 2018 20:10

Elaheh Koolaee

Iran-Russia’s Socio-Cultural Relations

Iran and Russia have experienced very deep and rich socio-cultural relations during about last three centuries. Economic relationship between the two countries paved the rout of social interactions. Russia’s interesting and meaningful literature was very interesting for many Iranian readers ...

 
Iran
17 Dec 2017 19:23

Nematollah Izadi

A Delicate Balance Iran Should Not Disturb

In sealing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, Russia’s role is undeniable. Moscow had strong motives for successful conclusion of the JCPOA or any other peaceful solution which would curb United States’ dominance in the Middle ...

 
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