September 5, 2016

IF ONLY REPUBLICANS UNDERSTOOD IRAN:

Iran and Russia's Uncomfortable Alliance (Mohsen Milani, 9/05/16, Foreign Affairs)

Russia, for its part, understands that, if Iran were given the choice between it and the West, it would surely choose the West because of Iranians' historical mistrust of Russia and the knowledge that Russia can provide neither the advanced technology nor the investment capital that Iran desperately needs for its modernization programs. Russia has therefore striven to keep tensions between Washington and Tehran high enough to prevent normalization of ties but not high enough to lead to war or serious confrontation.

The two countries' relations are further complicated by the ongoing struggle in Iran over the direction of its foreign policy in the post-nuclear deal era. Moderate elements that seek a rapprochement with the West desire to have friendly but not too extensive relations with Moscow. 

Posted by at September 5, 2016 12:59 PM

  

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