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Mahmoud Shoori: ‘It is not Russia that defines the Iran’s role in Syria’
12 Jan 2017 19:44

Mahmoud Shoori: ‘It is not Russia that defines the Iran’s role in Syria’

  Mahmoud Shoori, head of Eurasia Program at Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and senior fellow at IRAS, sat down some days ago with IRAS for a lengthy interview about recent developments in the Russian-Turkish cooperation for the Syrian crisis. This interview has been edited for clarity.  ...

 
Igor A. Makarov:
26 Dec 2016 07:59

Igor A. Makarov: 'While Russian political elites achieve its international objectives relatively efficiently, they pay little attention to domestic issues'

Igor A. Makarov, Associate Professor at Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), sat down two weeks ago with IRAS for an interview about Russia-Europe relationship after the Ukraine Crisis. This interview has been edited for ...

 
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20 Dec 2016 18:02

Vali Kaleji: 'Any participation of Armenia in the Iranian energy plans is inherently valuable'

  Over the past years, Tehran has sought closer economic and political ties with Georgia and Azerbaijan, which have intensified after the sanctions were lifted. In contrast, Iran’s energy pipeline ambitions have hitherto been designed to bypass Armenia due to its deepening dependence on ...

 
© Iran Front Page
18 Dec 2016 17:58

Moussa Hashemi Golpayegani: ‘Russia can no longer rule Ashgabat within the framework of its former hegemony’

  On May 7, 2016, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed Turkmenistan’s foreign minister, Rashid Meredov, to Tehran. After their bilateral meeting, Rouhani declared that Iran and Turkmenistan needed to expand their security partnership, because both countries have common interests in ...

 
Jahangir Karami: ‘The Russians have always tried to create a rift between the United States and Europe’
11 Dec 2016 00:00

Jahangir Karami: ‘The Russians have always tried to create a rift between the United States and Europe’

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlined in his new foreign policy document that the chances of nuclear or large-scale conflict are low, according to a copy of the document on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Several changes were made to the document known as the “Concept ...

 
© Alik
6 Dec 2016 18:16

Vali Kaleji: 'Armenian-Iranian relations could set a good example for the world on how Muslim and Christian countries can reach peaceful symbiosis living side by side'

Vali Kaleji, senior fellow at IRAS, sat down a week ago with Tert News Agency for a brief interview about  the importance of the President Rouhani's  upcoming official trip to Armenia and what role Iran could take to resolve the regional conflicts. This interview has been edited for ...

 
© Rudaw
4 Dec 2016 10:48

Vladimir Evseev: ‘Russia's willingness to negotiate with the US is aimed at restricting the interferences of Washington’

Russia's involvement in Syrian affairs has shifted the balance of power in the region and helped stabilize the situation. The Syrian ceasefire, brokered by the US and Russia, still holds. However, the so-called "moderate" rebels pose a challenge to the Russo-American deal. Despite US ...

 
© Baltic Scholars for Ukraine
1 Dec 2016 12:45

Andrei Belyi: ‘Some analyses which evaluate Turkey’s policy as a “Pivot to East” do not look realistic’

Following meetings with Ukrainian officials in Kiev early this September, the vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, laid out his vision for how the often contentious relationship between Ukraine, Russia and the EU ought to be structured. “Russia as an exporter, Ukraine as ...

 
© Wikimedia
19 Nov 2016 08:33

Roman Grishenin: 'We can forget some dogma when it comes to increasing our relations'

  Russia’s foreign policy can be roughly divided into two unequal periods. The first one, from the Soviet Union’s break-up to around 2007, was characterized by a desire to integrate into the existing international institutions and receive a worthy place at the tables where decisions ...

 
© Youth Organization of Iranian Red Crescent Society
18 Oct 2016 09:09

Morteza Rahmani Movahed: 'Iran is still facing challenges to become a preferred option to the Russian tourists'

  A significant increase in Iranian tourists visiting Russia was witnessed in 2015. Nearly 34,000 Iranian tourists visited Russia in the first nine months of 2015, a rise of 111 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. In November 2015, Iran and Russia agreed to reciprocally launch ...

 
Vadim Krukhin:
15 Oct 2016 15:34

Vadim Krukhin: 'Among the Middle East states, Iran has many historical and natural attractions which have remained unknown for the Russians'

Vadim Krukhin, Head of 'Indoor Tours' at Intourist in Russia, sat down a week ago with IRAS for an interview about Iranian-Russian cooperation in tourism and the obstacles in the way of tourism industries of both nations. Intourist was the official state travel agency of the Soviet Union, ...

 
Mahmoud Shoori: The Decision to improve Relations with Russia Is a Strategic Choice for Post-JCPOA Iran
24 Sep 2016 23:27

Mahmoud Shoori: The Decision to improve Relations with Russia Is a Strategic Choice for Post-JCPOA Iran

Many argue that Iranian-Russian cooperation in Syria is purely opportunistic, based on short-term interests that temporarily overshadow equally prominent differences. While this could be true, the alliance is nonetheless underpinned by some deep-seated commonalities in their wider vision of international ...

 
Mohammad Raeisi: ‘I am positive the West has not yet decided to instigate a so-called Color Revolution in Armenia’
20 Sep 2016 10:54

Mohammad Raeisi: ‘I am positive the West has not yet decided to instigate a so-called Color Revolution in Armenia’

The past few months, riddled with sporadic bouts of volatility inside and outside its borders, have been difficult for Armenia. In April, military escalation in the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh caught Yerevan off guard, resulting in a small but notable loss of territory for the Armenian-...

 
© Shafaqna
16 Sep 2016 00:02

Jahangir Karami: ‘Neither contemporary Iran nor post-Soviet Russia is similar to their past history’

Over the past year, Russia and Iran have entered a new phase of military cooperation unprecedented in their relations since the end of World War II. As a result of Russian intervention in Syria, their armed forces are planning operations and fighting together in support of Bashar al-Assad’s ...

 
© RIAC
27 Aug 2016 09:00

Mark N. Katz: ‘From Moscow’s perspective, Iran needs Russia more than Russia needs Iran’

Russian bombers flying from an Iran’s Nojeh air base struck targets across Syria on Tuesday, August 16, dramatically underscoring the two countries’ growing military ties and highlighting Russia’s strategy for greater influence in the volatile Middle East. We asked Mark N. Katz, ...

 
Mehdi Sanaei:
26 Jul 2016 16:31

Mehdi Sanaei: 'Iran welcomes any Russian partnership in the regional developments'

H.E. Dr. Mehdi Sanaei, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation and senior fellow at IRAS, sat down a week ago with IRAS for an interview about Iran-Russia's relationship on bilateral and regional issues after the Joint Comprehensive ...

 
Mahmoud Shoori: ‘There is no doubt that Ankara is realizing they have had no viable and significant achievements out of the Syrian Crisis’
15 Jul 2016 21:21

Mahmoud Shoori: ‘There is no doubt that Ankara is realizing they have had no viable and significant achievements out of the Syrian Crisis’

On last June 27, Dmitri Peskov, the Russian press secretary, revealed that Erdogan had sent a letter of apology to Putin. Erdogan wrote that he “would like to inform the family of the deceased Russian pilot that I share their pain and to offer my condolences to them. May they excuse us.”...

 
© ITSR
28 Jun 2016 01:00

Mohsen Shariatinia: ‘There are different interpretations of Iran's role in the Silk Road’

While formally announced in late 2013 by Xi Jinping, China’s then-newly installed President, Beijing’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative, touted as a modern recreation of the ancient Silk Road, was heavily promoted with much fanfare by the Chinese leadership throughout ...

 
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24 Jun 2016 14:02

Loris Tjeknavorian: ‘Armenian music was similar to the Iranian one from the outset but the Armenians made their music closer to the modern European one’

Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian has led a truly cosmopolitan career, both as a conductor and composer. Having lived in Iran, the United States (Michigan and Minnesota), Britain, Austria, Armenia, and having led orchestras in those countries, as well as in Japan and the former Soviet Union, he has absorbed ...

 
© Russia Direct
16 Jun 2016 13:23

Alexey Khlebnikov: Russia and Iran have close cooperation on Syria, but there are certain differences in Russia’s and Iran’s approaches to the crisis

Analysts largely agree that Russia's entry into the Syrian civil war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not yet turned the tide of the war in Assad's favor. But in the nearly ten months since Russia launched its air campaign there to bolster pro-Assad forces, Russia has slowly ...

 
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