Iran-Russia alliance tightens with Moscow summit

The MoscowTehran alliance grew stronger Thursday, with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arriving in the Russian capital to fulfill Vladimir Putin, days after the 2 nations inked an settlement aimed toward “increasing coordination” to undermine U.S. sanctions.

Iranian state media reported {that a} key focus of the one-day summit would be the Hamas-Israel warfare. Mr. Raisi and Mr. Putin will talk about a spread of “international issues, especially the issue of Palestine and developments in Gaza,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Iran brazenly backs Hamas, whereas Russia has more and more shut relations with North Korea, which has been accused of offering weapons to the Palestinian terror group. Weapons seized by Israel point out the group seemingly fired North Korean weapons throughout its Oct. 7 assault on Israel, though Pyongyang denies arming Hamas.

U.S. army intelligence, in the meantime, has proven proof that Iran is supplying drones to Russian forces in Ukraine. Regional information studies point out the Iranians have additionally provided Russia with artillery throughout the two-year warfare.

The connectivity amongst Iran, Russia, North Korea and Hamas hung within the backdrop of Mr. Raisi’s go to to Moscow. The earlier one-on-one assembly between the Iranian president and Mr. Putin occurred in September 2022 in Uzbekistan on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a multilateral group established by China within the Nineties.

According to The National, a non-public newspaper primarily based within the United Arab Emirates, Iranian state media studies point out that Mr. Raisi and Mr. Putin most lately spoke by phone on Oct. 16, discussing the Hamas-Israel warfare.

The paper famous Thursday that Russia and Iran are allied on a number of points, together with assist for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and have each been subjected to Western financial sanctions.

Russia’s official TASS information outlet cited Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali as saying on social media that Mr. Raisi’s go to to Russia and cooperation between Tehran and Moscow “make a major contribution to building a new world order.”

An announcement circulated by the Kremlin mentioned: “The two presidents plan to review the current agenda of bilateral cooperation with an emphasis on the implementation of promising joint trade and economic projects, including transport and energy. They will also exchange views on the main international and regional issues.”

The assembly comes two days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, signed an settlement in Moscow to counter sanctions imposed by the U.S. and different Western nations.

Mr. Lavrov accused America and its allies of utilizing sanctions as a “substitute for diplomacy.”

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on the Russian power and protection sectors in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Washington has focused Iran’s power sector with sanctions in response to Tehran‘s backing of militant proxies resembling Hamas and Hezbollah, and towards Iranian nuclear actions occurring in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.