Jan 26, 2021
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived within the Russian capital Jan. 26, the place he’s scheduled to take a seat down along with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov to trade views on a wide selection of regional and worldwide subjects.
Upon touchdown in Moscow, Zarif informed reporters about “special circumstances” after the departure of former US president Donald Trump from the White House, a growth which the Iranian international minister stated “requires Iran and Russia to coordinate their policies.”
After the US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, Tehran has been relying considerably on Russia as its key ally among the many remaining signatories. To this finish, Zarif has been visiting Moscow extra regularly than ever previously two years in an effort to safe Russian help to salvage the accord.
According to the Iranian international minister, Syria can also be a part of the agenda in his talks with Russian officers. Both the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation have been current in Syria to shore up their ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Yet the 2 sides have additionally been in a covert rivalry over who calls the pictures on the bottom within the battle in opposition to armed teams within the Syria battle.
Zarif’s go to got here as a part of a Caucasus tour, which took him to Azerbaijan within the first leg. Iran’s prime diplomat is predicted additionally to debate with Russians the regional scenario after the September Nagorno-Karabakh warfare which occurred proper on Iran’s northwestern doorsteps.
Boosting regional alliances has been persistently adopted by Iran previously three years as an approach to mitigate the financial losses and the political stress imposed on it in the course of the Trump presidency. In his Russia journey, Zarif may also be looking for “to form a six-party cooperation union” involving regional Iran and Caucasus nations.
Apart from the regional and worldwide developments, Zarif’s go to to Russia coincided with speculations about alleged Russian efforts to control the June presidential vote in Iran.
“Are the Russians deciding our president?” tweeted senior Reformist determine Abdollah Ramezanzadeh. The query was sparked by one other report, which revealed that the Russian ambassador in Tehran has been unusually holding a minimum of 9 conferences with Iranian lawmaker throughout solely eight months following the inauguration of the brand new Iranian parliament. During the identical interval, the report provides, a prime advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has sat down with the top of the Russian-Iran friendship group in Tehran seven occasions.