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England: Union of Russia and Iran - marriage of convenience


Since the entry of the Russian armed forces into the territory of Syria, Moscow has maintained a difficult alliance with Iran.

On the one hand, Russia and Iran have a common goal: maintaining the dictatorial regime in power Bashar Assad. Indeed, Putin's decision to deploy troops to Syria in the summer of 2014 was taken after the leader of the Iranian elite forces Quds Qassem Soleymani warned him about the possible fall of the Assad regime.

Such a course of events would affect the fate of Russian military bases in Tartus and Laktari, built during the Cold War as part of the long-term strategic partnership of the Kremlin with the Assad family. From this point of view, Russia's main interest in supporting the Assad regime is to protect its bases and maintain military operations in Syria.

Iran, for its part, views the support of Damascus as part of its aspirations to strengthen its influence in the Arab world. In addition to preserving the ways of supplying the Shiite militia along the Lebanese border, he used the prolonged civil war in Syria, making it an excuse for creating a network of permanent military bases.

In its defense of the invasion of Syria, Iran refers to the fact that these are forced measures aimed at opposing the numerous rebel groups that are trying to overthrow the Assad regime. However, the fact that thousands of intermediate and long-range missiles are deployed at their military bases points to Iran's more sinister goals of threatening Israel.

Iran’s stubbornness in using its military alliance with Assad and creating a new front as part of a lengthy confrontation with the Jewish state caused tensions in relations between Moscow and Tehran, since the Kremlin is not interested in fomenting a conflict with Israel.

On the contrary, it is rumored that Putin has good relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu so much that Moscow approved the attack on Iran’s positions in Syria despite the fact that Iran and Russia formally fight on the same side and protect the Al-Assad regime.

It is reported that Israel has warned the Russian leadership about their latest air strikes on Iranians on Wednesday, 9 May. Presumably, this was Israel’s response to Iran’s rocket attack on the Golan Heights, carried out from the territories of Syrian bases.

Such a difficult situation in the Syrian military conflict allows us to describe the hidden tension between Iran and Russia, dating back to the previous decade. Then Russia did not believe the Iranians in the scale of their nuclear program.

Since then, any union between Russia and Iran will be rather a marriage of convenience than a long-term strategic partnership. The most acceptable way for Russia to maintain its military bases in Syria is to persuade Iran to cease its aggression against Israel.

Based on the materials of The Telegraph UK, Great Britain

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