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Zhand Shakibi: ‘U.S. approach to Russia’s involvement in Syria is not contradiction but affirmations of Russia’s role as great power’
13 Jun 2016 16:21

Zhand Shakibi: ‘U.S. approach to Russia’s involvement in Syria is not contradiction but affirmations of Russia’s role as great power’

President Putin’s decision to intervene in Syria marked a major turning point in Russian foreign policy in 2015. Over the last 15 years, Putin has increasingly relied on the use of military power to achieve his domestic and foreign-policy objectives, starting with the invasion of Chechnya in ...

 
Rasoul Mousavi: ‘Iran is being certainly affected the most by every development in Tajikistan’
7 Jun 2016 22:01

Rasoul Mousavi: ‘Iran is being certainly affected the most by every development in Tajikistan’

The poorest ex-Soviet nation with a long and porous border with Afghanistan announced recently the results of a constitutional referendum that makes the heavy-handed rule of President Emomali Rahmon virtually unlimited, paves the way for his son's presidency, and outlaws "faith-based"...

 
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4 Jun 2016 10:05

Levan Dzhagaryan: ‘Russia has close coordination with the U.S. on the Syria Crisis’

H.E. Mr. Levan Dzhagaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Iran, sat down a week ago with IRAS for an interview about Russia’s bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ...

 
Nematollah Izadi:
2 Jun 2016 20:48

Nematollah Izadi: 'We cannot have strategic relations with Russia, because our objectives sometimes are in conflict'

Since the return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian president’s office in 2012, Russian-Iranian relations have experienced a significant change of course in contrast to the substantial cooling of the bilateral dialogue during the last two years of Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency. Unexpected ...

 
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27 May 2016 13:50

Vladimir Evseev: 'The United States has a trivial influence on Russia and this allows Moscow the possibility to have a good mutual relationship with Iran'

Vladimir Evseev, Head of Caucasus Department of the CIS Institute and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research in Academic Secretary of the Coordinating Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on forecasting, sat down two weeks ago with IRAS for an interview about Russian military ...

 
Jahangir Karami: ‘Russia and Iran share a common approach to the conflict in Syria – to maintain the country’s territorial integrity and not let the terrorists come to power’
13 May 2016 09:40

Jahangir Karami: ‘Russia and Iran share a common approach to the conflict in Syria – to maintain the country’s territorial integrity and not let the terrorists come to power’

Russia and Iran share common interests and goals in the Middle East, such as bringing stability to the region, fighting terrorism and supporting Syria's sovereignty. This makes the relationship between the two countries important for the entire region, which has been experiencing years of turmoil ...

 
Gholamreza Shafei:
4 May 2016 13:05

Gholamreza Shafei: 'Iranian pessimism towards Russia is one of the reasons hindering further economic cooperation'

As the Russia-Iran alliance in Syria has emerged, opinion pieces and analyses increasingly appear in the Western media arguing that this partnership will not survive in the long term. Some experts argue that there is a history of distrust between the two countries dating back to the 19th century when ...

 
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27 Apr 2016 20:25

Anton Khlopkov: 'Compared with Iran-Russian ties, the current level of relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia is significantly below the expectation'

Anton Khlopkov, Director of Russian Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), sat down week ago with The IRAS Institute for an interview about Russian nuclear cooperation with Iran and other bilateral and regional topics. The following is an edited and condensed version of the interview.  ...

 
Mehdi Safari:
19 Apr 2016 21:54

Mehdi Safari: 'The Americans Asked the Russians not to Deliver S-300 Missile System to Iran in order to Prevent Upsetting the Power Balance in the Middle East'

  Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, officials in Tehran have been keenly watching Moscow’s deteriorating relations with the West, particularly the United States. Some voices in Tehran believe that Russia’s ostracization from the West presents an opportunity for ...

 
Jahangir Karami:
13 Apr 2016 14:20

Jahangir Karami: 'Ankara may be trying to exploit the Karabakh crisis to...challenge the Kremlin in Near Abroad'

  On 2 April 2016, we have seen an unexpected war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Armenian and Azeri chiefs of General Staff signed a ceasefire in Moscow on April 6th and the gunfire stopped. Jahangir Karami, senior fellow at The IRAS Institute, told Khabar Online ...

 
Andrei Kortunov:
30 Mar 2016 21:18

Andrei Kortunov: 'Russia has no resources and no interest in replacing the United States in the Middle East as the next hegemonic power'

  Andrei Kortunov, Director General of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), sat down last week with The IRAS Institute for a written interview about Russian Middle East policy, especially after military involvement in the Syrian crisis. The following is an edited version of the interview....

 
Davood Kiani:
23 Mar 2016 17:15

Davood Kiani: 'The current strategically security cooperation between Iran and Russia would not forge a security alliance in the near future'

  The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund conducted an interview with Davood Kiani, First Deputy Director of The IRAS Institute, on the Iran-Russian bilateral relations and regional cooperation. The following is a full version of the interview.   Since removal of Iran sanctions, the ...

 
Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman:
9 Mar 2016 14:05

Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman: 'In mutual interactions with the Southern Caucasus and Central Asian countries, Iran has to build trust'

Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), sat down with The IRAS Institute for an interview about Iran’s cultural diplomacy in Central Asia and Caucasus. The following is a condensed version of the interview.   Doesn’t the growth of extremism ...

 
Alexey Antoshin:
2 Mar 2016 14:11

Alexey Antoshin: 'Although the exchange of goods between Russia and the West has declined in insignificance in recent years, they are still attractive partners for Russia'

  Alexey Antoshin, Professor of Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Ural Federal University (UrFU), sat down last week with The IRAS Institute for an interview about Russian Middle East policy since the Syrian crisis in 2011. The following is a condensed version of the interview.  ...

 
Mahmoud Shoori:
24 Feb 2016 17:09

Mahmoud Shoori: 'The Russian-Arab ties have no substantial influence over the future of the Iranian-Russian relationship'

  On 23 November 2015, The Russian president Vladimir Putin made his first visit to Iran in nearly a decade, seeking to expand the bilateral relationship and cement the countries' partnership against the terrorist groups in Syria. While both countries are expecting a strategic alliance in ...

 
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