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Defying U.S., Russia says no case for U.N. action against Iran

Russia does not believe there is a case for United Nations action against Iran, Russia’s U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday after traveling to Washington to view pieces of weapons that Washington says Tehran gave Yemen’s Houthi group. The Trump administration has for months been lobbying for Iran to be held …

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Moscow’s message on Iran has been cautious and almost neutral

Anna Borshchevskaya – The Hill Moscow’s response to the massive anti-regime protests gripping Iran since Dec. 28 should have been predictable — a condemnation of another perceived “U.S.-led regime change.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position with this topic after all is well known. This is how Moscow characterized anti-authoritarian protests from the …

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Hamidreza Azizi  – AlMonitor The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently turned into a diplomatic hub, with dialogue over the Syrian crisis now serving as its main international attraction. On Nov. 22, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey attended a …

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Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran

Maxim A. Suchkov (Al Monitor) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of General Staff Gadi …

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Is Turkey’s Rapprochement with Iran and Russia Sustainable?

Soner Cagaptay (The Washington Institute) Recent news stories suggesting that Ankara, Tehran, and Moscow are agreeing to cooperate in Syria’s northern Idlib province and to bury the hatchet in Syria’s civil war have brought to the foreground a key question: can Turkey become good friends, or even allies, with Iran and …

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Netanyahu Tells Putin Iran’s Growing Syria Presence Threatens World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iran’s growing presence in Syria “poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East, and the whole world.” “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Islamic State, and this is a very important thing. But the bad thing …

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5 Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

aaron David Mille & Richard Sokolsky ( National Interest) The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and among terrorism experts and Syria watchers alike is that ISIS cannot be destroyed in Syria unless Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and Iran’s presence and influence are drastically curtailed. And …

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Russia and Iran have pledged to continue efforts to rein in oil production and stabilize markets, the presidents of both countries said in a joint statement on Tuesday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other large producers, led by Russia, had agreed in December to cut their …

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Iran says Russia can use its military bases ‘on case by case basis’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in the …

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Netanyahu tells Putin that Iran must not replace IS in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that his talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin were focused on keeping Iran from filling the vacuum left by the Islamic State in Syria and combating Iranian-sponsored radical Islamic terrorism. “One of the things that we are fighting against together is radical …

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