Today, a deal was finally struck to lift billions of dollars worth of sanctions on Iranian oil in exchange for a cut of Iran’s nuclear program for the next 10 years.
But Iran isn’t the only country relieved by this news: Russia is excited to see Iran returning to power as well.
Both countries are supporters of the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime, and both are against several Saudi Arabian initiatives. The return of Iran’s power will benefit both countries’ political agendas in the Middle East.
But wait, there’s more: “In the next five years deliveries of arms to Iran will be possible,” says Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov according to the Moscow Times.
Not only will the two countries be combining political forces, but their military forces will be trading too. Iran’s military will be able to acquire more modern arms that Western countries are wary of selling to them. Trades on nuclear fuel will be open as well, so long as they fall within the regulations set by the U.S.
Putin takes some of the credit for this plan, and the Russian Foreign Ministry lets him have it.
Russia and Iran as political and military partners will be glad in December when the sanctions are fully lifted — should Iran prove that their nuclear program is halted by then.
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