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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Iran has been persuaded to choose Russian superjets

Minister of energy Alexander Novak during his visit to Iran announced on several achieved economic agreements. In particular, in Tehran finally decided to buy Russian passenger planes Sukhoi Superjet. Whether Iran “under pressure” in the person of Donald trump is ready to cooperate more closely with Russia?

Iran confirmed that in the near future intends to buy twelve Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft Russian production. This was announced on Wednesday, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak, currently on a visit to Iran (he, in particular, took part in the opening ceremony of the construction site of the power plant in the city of Bandar Abbas).

“When “it gets hot”, Iran starts talking about closer cooperation with Russia”

Russia also proposed to our Iranian partners to establish a joint production of the upgraded turboprop aircraft Il-114, said Novak. According to the Russian Minister, Moscow is interested in establishing in Iran, the production of components for our aircraft.

The Russian company “are currently working with our Iranian partners in order to develop specific solutions and proposals,” said Novak.

“Russia and Iran are moving toward a strategic Alliance”

Tehran is clearly changing his line of conduct. Recall that last week, Russian officials planned to discuss with the Iranians the reason why Tehran is focused on the purchase of aircraft in the West. “We give Iran tremendous support, and they take the technique from someone who demeans sanctions”, – said a senior source in Moscow. However, the debate failed. Then, we recall, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin at the last moment canceled a visit to Iran. As reported by the newspaper VIEW, unofficially, the reason for the cancellation were that the Iranian side has divulged information about the upcoming visit of the Vice Prime Minister, although the Russian side had requested privacy.

It is possible that the “warming” Iran’s position was influenced by the ongoing “cold” in relations between Tehran and Washington. It was repeatedly noted that the new US President Donald trump is a very hard-set against Iran, and this applies not only to the “nuclear deal” with the Islamic Republic, but Iran’s support of various groups, which the US considers terrorist. As stated in a recent article published by The Wall Street Journal, the administration is trump planning to destroy “military and diplomatic Alliance between Russia and Iran,” explaining that the need to achieve peace in Syria.

Tehran, for obvious reasons, tends to reverse. “Iran and Russia are moving towards a strategic Alliance in the region”, – said on 19 February by the speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani. As noted by the newspaper VIEW, Moscow can strengthen its position in the dialogue with Tehran is interested in political cover. It is also possible to conclude that Moscow intends to designate Iran the price of their political support.

We add that the emerging progress in cooperation between the two countries concerns not only the readiness to buy Russian superjets. The Russian Minister of energy Novak and oil Minister of Iran Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Monday discussed the possibility of exchange of oil for goods. In addition, the Minister of communications and information and communication technology of Iran Mahmoud Vaezi in a meeting with first Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov stated that the negotiations between Moscow and Tehran on the free trade zone with the Eurasian economic Union (EEU) were successful.

“Life forces to shift”

Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia semen Bagdasarov in comments the newspaper VIEW stated in the above quoted statement by the speaker of the Iranian Parliament Larijani – a movement towards a strategic partnership with Russia. “This is a realistic assessment of the Iranian situation in the middle East, and anti-Iran statements of trump,” – said the expert.

Tehran understands that now begins a tough fight in the middle East, said the source. “On the one hand, the United States, Israel and some Persian Gulf States, on the other hand – Iran. Tehran is ready for this” – said Bagdasarov.

When the “gets hot”, Iran starts talking about closer cooperation with Russia, said the source. But, he recalls, when in 2015 after reaching an agreement on the nuclear program began the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Tehran has started to show a different approach: “If you have to get tools or technology well, but actually we are more focused to the West.” Now “the situation is changing again, and life forces to shift”, said Baghdasarov.

“There is a common Eastern trade”

“Iran maneuvers”, – said in comments the newspaper view expert at the Middle East Institute, associate Professor, Russian state humanitarian University, Sergei Seregichev.

“Iran is increasingly interested in establishing cooperation with Washington. Russia to Iran is not a threat, and Iran for Russia, and the United States for Iran are a major threat, especially given the uncertainty of the practical implementation of a number of “Iranian theses” trump”, – said the source. Now, according to Seregichev, “there is a trade – ordinary trade East”.

Speaking about a possible purchase by Iran of Russian superjets, the interviewee expressed doubt that the country is really interested in purchasing these aircraft. In addition, added the Seregichev, it is possible that by the time of conclusion of this transaction, the international situation will change dramatically. In addition, there is no guarantee that it generally will reach a contract, said the source, or the contract may be furnished with obviously disadvantageous conditions. “Iran doesn’t trust us much – just remember the story of the s-300 that Iran remember and draw conclusions,” – says the Seregichev.

“Iran always plays his game, he always by itself, again emphasizes the expert. – Now, it is for show – to Washington.” In addition, the official noted that Russia (including the situation in Syria) takes into account Israel’s position, and Vice versa – which is hardly satisfied with Iran.


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