Syrian conflict dominates talks between Russian Federation and Iran in Tehran

  • Syrian conflict dominates talks between Russian Federation and Iran in Tehran

Syrian conflict dominates talks between Russian Federation and Iran in Tehran

It is understood that Iran will not relinquish its support for its allied dictator. The violence has displaced millions more. "Russian Federation is ready to offer a state export loan for these purposes worth $5bln", Putin told journalists after his talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

This is Putin's second trip to Iran.

The civil war in Syria has drawn attention from leaders across the globe.

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran, Iran. He also agreed with Khamenei's sentiment that the countries opposed to Assad are now pursuing their goals via negotiations, saying, "We are careful of this issue".

However the most extraordinary thing about Putin's visit to Tehran is that it takes the veil off a strategic decision taken by the Kremlin to elevate Russia-Iran relationship to a qualitatively new level.

"With a long-term plan and by dominating Syria and then extending their domination to the whole region, the Americans are trying to fill the gap left by a lack of domination over West Asia", Khamenei said.

The visit is itself a sign of the countries moving closer together now that the nuclear deal has been signed: this is Putin's first visit to Tehran since 2007.

Khamenei said other than the controversial nuclear agreement this summer, Iran would not negotiate with the United States on any issue. Iran will no longer produce weapons-grade plutonium, and the Fordo site will be converted to a research center. Iran must also reduce ts supply of low-enriched uranium, which stood at 7,845 kilograms in August, down to 300 kilograms.

Iran has brought a $4 billion lawsuit against Russian Federation for the tabled contract.

While this news is sure to give rise to some alarm among opponents of the Iranian regime, it is also notable that it comes after several previous such claims, paired with several previous delays. Both Russian Federation and Iran backed the plan in Vienna this month.

On the other hand, if the alliance continues to grow stronger, there is considerable danger that it will not be limited to interactions between Iran and Russian Federation. The nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in July requires Iran to dilute or ship 98% of its enriched uranium, and it does not have the capacity to dilute it. Iran has been a key backer of Assad since the 2011 uprising against his rule that started the war, and Iranian forces have played a prominent role in supporting the Syrian army in a renewed ground offensive in the country's strategically vital west.