Asymmetrical Iran-Russia relations test rapport

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IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, 23 Sept 2016

Key Points

  • Although military co-operation in Syria has strengthened relations between Russia and Iran, the two countries differ in their long-term goals in the conflict and in their methods for achieving these goals.
  • Russia treats Iran as a strategic asset rather than an ally, an approach that is likely to compound long-standing historic doubts in Tehran about Russia’s intentions.
  • Russia’s apparent tacit agreement with Turkey over the future of the Syrian government has the potential to lead to a deterioration in relations between Moscow and Tehran.

On 16 and 17 August, Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ long-range bombers and Sukhoi Su-34 ‘Fullback’ strike aircraft bombarded Syrian rebels in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zour, and Idlib…click for full article (paywall).

 

Photo: Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky

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