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New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: A Beacon of Liberalism or the “Golden Mean”?

64-year-old Hassan Rouhani (got 18,613 million votes, or more than 50%, with approximately 80-percentage turnout in elections) became the new president of Iran. This man is the one about which you can safely say: a professional statesman. During Iran’s war with Iraq, he held leading positions in the command of the Iranian Armed Forces, in 1989-2005. He chaired the Supreme Council of National Security and was the head of the delegation at the negotiations on the nuclear program. He also held other high positions, and was also a deputy of the Majlis for twenty years.

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: A Beacon of Liberalism or the “Golden Mean”?

Brief information about his biography is given on the website. RIA News". Rouhani was born on November 12 of 1948. He graduated from Tehran University, receiving a bachelor's degree in law, and Caledonian University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), receiving a doctorate in law.

During the Iran-Iraq war, he held leading positions in the command of the armed forces of Iran. In 1989-2005 He was chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, head of the Iranian delegation at the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

From 1991, Rouhani is a member of the Board of Expediency, and from 1992, the head of the Center for Strategic Studies of Iran. Since 1999, a member of the board of experts.

In 1980-2000, he was a member of the Majlis, and in 1992-2000. He was the deputy chairman of the Majlis.

Rouhani explained his victory in the presidential election. “This great epic event (the election of the head of state) opens up new opportunities for us, and countries that advocate democracy and open dialogue should respect the Iranian people and recognize the rights of the Islamic Republic,” he said during the first public appearance after victory . "This is a victory of intelligence, restraint and progress over extremism," - further quotes his words Interfax.

Congratulations on the victory were pretty friendly. The world powers seem to have forgotten about their differences.

As the BBC reported, the United States is ready for talks with the Iranian authorities on the nuclear program after Rouhani’s victory.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton wished Rouhani success in forming the government and promised to cooperate with the new Iranian leadership in order to quickly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue diplomatically.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Rouhani on his victory.

Vladimir Putin also congratulated Rouhani on his election, the Kremlin press service said.

According to the Syrian official agency SANA, Bashar Asad sent a congratulatory telegram to Hassan Rouhani on the occasion of his election as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On behalf of the Syrian people, the head of state congratulated the new president of Iran, who received the support of millions of voters, and wished him success in the new field.

Comrade Assad reaffirmed his country's determination to continue to develop relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and Iran in all areas. In particular, to jointly oppose the plans of aggression, hegemony and violation of the national sovereignty of the countries of the region.

The general director of the Center for the Study of Modern Iran, Rajab Safarov, whose opinion leads Interfax, believes that Rouhani is likely to take a course towards restoring relations with the West. “I believe that in any case, Hassan Rouhani and his team will abandon the course of a hard confrontation with the West, which was held for eight years under Ahmadinejad. Bad relations with the West largely determined the extremely difficult economic situation of Iran and the sharp decline in the standard of living of the population, ”he said.

He added that "Tehran will not be able to solve economic problems without changing its foreign policy, and therefore it should be expected that Rouhani will give the Iranian nuclear program a transparent character."

The head of the Duma’s international affairs committee, Aleksei Pushkov, believes that Rouhani’s election will prevent Washington from taking power actions against Tehran. Pushkov's Twitter recording says: “The Rouhani victory in Iran makes it very difficult for the US military scenario in Rel. Iran How can you bomb a country where a reforming president is in power? ”

Igor Pankratenko, Advisor to the Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies and Initiatives, in the article “Iran: issues after elections” ("Fund of Strategic Culture") discusses why Rawhani, who collected 50,68% of votes in elections, hastily labeled a liberal, and to what extent he will be loyal to the Supreme Leader.

“If you look at the headlines of non-Iranian media after 14 June, then there is a certain jubilation of the“ wide liberal public ”, who for some reason decided that the seventh president of Iran is among the“ spiritually close ones ”. Reading the predictions, it seems that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow the Iranians will go to the “bright future of the consumer society” in orderly columns and ribbons. Oh well…"

The author believes that the reasons for self-deception of the liberal public are ignorance with a couple of incompetence. The Iranian understanding of what conservatism is and what liberalism is is very different from the Western one. Another nuance that comes from the specifics of the Iranian political field is also curious: a “conservative” in international affairs can be a “liberal” in internal affairs, and vice versa.

The analyst believes that the Iranian society, casting votes over Rouhani, voted for a more balanced president. During the pre-election debates, Ahmadinejad was criticized not for social reforms and not for the policy of mastering the peaceful atom. He was criticized for lack of restraint of statements that gave the West a reason for another sanctions or informational attack on Iran, the author writes.

“The Iranian society, saturated with the traditions of“ soft power ”, prudence, respect for the balance of interests of the elites, simply could not“ digest ”the aggressiveness and aggressive dynamics of Ahmadinejad at this stage ...”

Rowhani, the analyst believes, is a kind of compromise figure for the transition period during which the young political elite must overcome internal differences, come out in a united front.

Following the last election, White House spokesman Jay Carney noted the courage of the Iranian people: "We respect the will of the Iranian people and congratulate them on their participation in the political process ... We hope that the Iranian leadership will listen to the will of the Iranian people shown in this vote." I. Pankratenko notes that this passage is in bad agreement with the earlier statement of the head of the State Department that “the elections in Iran are neither free nor democratic”.

The words of John Kerry, spoken by him at the end of May, are quoted by Sergei Strokan (Kommersant). He notes that, trying not to give rise to discontent, the Iranian authorities tried to make the 2013 election predictable and conflict-free. They removed a number of figures from the race: out of 686 contenders for the presidency, the Council of the Guardians of the Constitution registered only eight candidates.

The head of the Department of State, who was on a visit to Israel, immediately attacked the Iranian authorities with criticism: “The Council of Guards narrowed down the list of almost seven hundred potential candidates to eight persons who represent exclusively the interests of the regime. This can hardly be called an election according to the standards that guide the majority of countries and peoples who uphold the principles of free, fair, competitive, transparent elections. ”

According to the head of American diplomacy, "the Iranian people will not be allowed not only to elect someone who could express their point of view, but also to take part in activities that are an integral part of genuine democracy."

Criticism is not only typical for the State Department, but this time preventive. When Mr. Kerry said this, there were still almost three weeks before the elections in Iran.

In addition, the principles of free elections would take care of Washington itself, where in one district of Ohio the candidate Obama received 2012 in November 108% of votes, and the system of “electors” has long been criticized. And even though 40 parties are registered in the USA, only two of them rule the state: Democratic and Republican, that is, there is a political duopoly in the country. Nomination of only two final candidates from these parties to the elections for some reason does not seem to be “undemocratic” to the State Department. All this is very well suited to the proverb about the beam in the eye.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi replied to the State Department: “The best advice to American officials is to receive information from reliable sources and from specialized advisers. At the same time, they should be aware of the possible consequences of such unjust comments. ”

Regarding the possible "liberalization" in Iran, there are different opinions. Opposites have opinions.

Channel "Euronews", for example, reports on the expectation of Tehranian transformations. Rouhani for Iranians has become a symbol of change, observers say. “Long live reforms!” The residents of Tehran are chanting. Breaking the dust and conservatives, Rouhani guaranteed freedom to the people, promised to “return ethics to politics”, raise the economy from his knees and improve relations with the rest of the world, the channel transmits.

The unnamed resident of Iran says: “The people voted! The support of the former presidents Rafsanjani and Khatami, especially in the last few days, and Aref’s self-withdrawal - all this inspired the country and allowed these elections to open the way for reformers. ”

Dmitry Zelenin (ITAR-TASS, Beirut) writes that a 64-year-old politician who has religious Khojatol eslama is popular with young people, who are waiting for modernization from him. As the observer Ali Badram notes, the Iranians are counting on the new president to initiate the policy of “infitah” - liberalization in the economic and domestic political sphere.

In the pre-election program, Rouhani promised that after his election he would develop a “Charter of Civil Liberties” and release political prisoners from prison, including “green wave” activists.

According to TV presenter Gassan bin Jeddah, the triumph of democracy in Iran and the success of Rouhani show that the Iranians were able to overcome the split in society caused by the presidential election of 2009 of the year and the repression against the leaders of the opposition. “Iran is entering a new era, having strengthened the internal front in front of serious external challenges,” sums Ben Jeddah.

As for Iran’s relations with Russia after Rouhani’s victory, RIA News" Alexander Konovalov, head of the Russian Institute of Strategic Assessments, Tehran will not need Russia as much as he needed it before as a support in the fight against the United States.

“When Washington was the main enemy of Iran, and the struggle was fought mainly with the United States, Tehran turned to Russia as a support in this struggle, willy-nilly or not,” comrade Konovalov noted. However, in his opinion, “if it (the struggle) is replaced by some form of cooperation that is reasonable enough, then for Iran, the need for reliance on Russia as a force that can be opposed in the conflict with the United States will not be so important.”

Rouhani, Konovalov added, reflects the interests of those who can be grouped under the slogan “We want change”: young people, students, women, gender movements, intellectuals. “There will be changes, but not quite the ones that we would like, because they will primarily concern the improvement of relations with the West, the withdrawal of Iran from the difficult economic situation in which it is located, despite the enormous hydrocarbon wealth. Iran needs to leave sanctions, ”the expert believes.

But Rajab Safarov believes that the development and deepening of relations with Moscow will most likely become one of the priorities of the new Iranian president’s foreign policy. “Rouhani is a pragmatist, and therefore relations with Russia will at least not deteriorate. And most likely, we should expect the manifestation of interest from Iran to intensify these relations. The approach here is pragmatic: Russia is important for Iran as a serious player in solving the problems of the Caspian Sea, as well as for entering the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as quickly as possible. I personally spoke with Rouhani. He treats Russia well, ”quotes the expert. Interfax.

In conclusion, it should be noted that the noticeable surprise of the West about the results of elections in Iran (which had to be recognized urgently, despite the preliminary hot statements by John Kerry) speaks of the useless work of current American analysts who had missed both the evaluation of the elections and the prediction of who will be the favorite race. It will not be easy for Mr. Kerry, as well as his patron Obama, to build relations with the person who, it turns out, was elected undemocratic and represented “exclusively the interests of the regime”! If the State Department did not like the tone in which Comrade Ahmadinejad spoke to the West, then this same West has always forgotten the tone that it allows and allows in relation to its political opponents.

Apparently, Washington will have to learn endurance and the ability to conduct a dialogue with Hassan Rouhani. However, both Kerry and Obama are hopeless in this sense. Figures like Samantha Power and Susan Rice, who have rallied around them recently and who have long been famous for their aggressive mentoring rhetoric, speak volumes.

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  1. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 18 June 2013 08: 34
    No wonder C-300 was held for Iran. It is not yet known what kind of fruit this new Iranian president is.
    1. Petergut
      Petergut 18 June 2013 09: 28
      No wonder C-300 was held for Iran. It is not yet known what kind of fruit this new Iranian president is.

      As far as I am familiar with the political model of Iraq, the president there is not a fully independent figure. The key levers of power are concentrated in the hands of the clergy in general and Ayatollah Khomeini in particular. So you should not expect any significant change in the political course.
      In addition, there are significant differences in the fundamental foundations of statehood in the West and Iran. In the West, the individualistic liberal idea of ​​the Persians is dominated by the traditional state. Iraq’s friendship with the West will lead to the abolition of their statehood with all the consequences. And this is perfectly understood by their political and spiritual elite.
      But what about the S-300, what bothers you? These systems are in service with some NATO countries. I am sure that under the conditions of a real military threat to Iran, the complexes will be delivered there. In the meantime, all disputes surrounding this issue are an element of the political game. This is understood both in Russia and in Iraq and in the West.
      1. Gari
        Gari 18 June 2013 12: 46
        After the Islamic Revolution of 1978, a republic was established in Iran, but the presidency was not of primary importance. The politician holding this position has the status of the head of the executive branch and represents the country abroad. But in reality, the spiritual leader, ayatollah, is in charge of everything. In his hands is concentrated all the fullness of power - not only spiritual, but also secular. Ayatollah controls the army, the courts, the treasury, and the nuclear program. He is elected for life, while the powers of the president last no more than eight years.
      2. atalef
        atalef 19 June 2013 07: 54
        Quote: Petergut
        Iraq's friendship with the West

        Iran, we are talking about Iran.
      3. lemal
        lemal 21 June 2013 11: 39
        Iraq-Arab state, Persian Iran !!! And t, d. You need to know what to write!
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 18 June 2013 10: 03
      Quote: MIKHAN
      No wonder C-300 was held for Iran. It is not yet known what kind of fruit this new Iranian president is.

      In vain, in general. The contract must be respected in any case. Iran with the C300 is a serious regional power, not a leader, but a leading player. Without them, this is a country that is stifled by US sanctions ... They should have been armed at least to the peak of Turkey.
    3. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 18 June 2013 11: 16
      Four thousand Islamic Revolutionary Guards set off to defend Assad

      On Sunday, June 16, Iranian authorities decided to send four thousand soldiers from the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

      According to some reports, Tehran is even going to offer Damascus to open a new Syrian front to fight Tel Aviv, Interfax reports.

      The decision to send the military was made before the presidential elections in Iran, which won the 64-year-old reformer Hassan Rouhani. The timing of the redeployment of soldiers from the IRGC is currently unknown.

      Speaking about the new head of Iran, the Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki stated his desire and readiness to develop relations with the authorities of the Islamic Republic.

      Meanwhile, it became known that the Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi decided to go over to the side of the Syrian terrorists and declare jihad to the country's authorities, severing all diplomatic relations between Cairo and Damascus. The Syrian leadership called this step "irresponsible".

      In turn, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov expressed concern that, due to outside actions, events in Syria could escalate into a war in the entire Middle East. "In response to US actions, Iran is sending four thousand soldiers to Syria. So: the West, Israel and radical Sunnis against Shiites. A major regional war," he wrote on his Twitter.
  2. Lech from ZATULINKI
    Lech from ZATULINKI 18 June 2013 08: 35
    Time will tell whether he is an agent of influence such as the rebuilder Gorbachev.
    If this is confirmed, then I will not envy the fate of IRAN.
    1. V. Ushakov
      V. Ushakov 18 June 2013 08: 49
      Such a fool as Gorbachev, still need to look. Iran will never deliver a salon moron, equal to Gorby, to any of the highest posts in the state. Neither the voters, nor the spiritual leaders of Iran will allow the fool to rule the country ...
    2. Kadet_KRAK
      Kadet_KRAK 18 June 2013 08: 52
      Yes, there are serious suspicions about this figure. Western politicians reacted very coolly to the election results.
      1. rolik
        rolik 18 June 2013 12: 04
        [quote = Kadet_KRAK] Western politicians reacted very coolly to the election results. [/ quote
        Not that cool, but rather, not understanding. They did not expect that he would win. Therefore, they did not build a line of behavior. Now they are waiting for his first steps, how he will behave. If he sends a soldier to Syria, he will be a villain. If he starts to go under Washington - his boyfriend. But to lie under the mattress covers, I think, the ayatollah will not give him advice. The contradictions and past grievances on mattresses and their minions are too great.
    3. xetai9977
      xetai9977 18 June 2013 08: 53
      The role of the president in Iran should not be exaggerated. The lion's share of power is in the hands of Ayatollah Khamenei. The Iranian population is long overdue for reforms.
    4. vlad767
      vlad767 18 June 2013 09: 16
      Yes, I also fear that this is Iranian Gorbachev. Well, or a bear. winked And then something the west was too happy. what
      1. Vadivak
        Vadivak 18 June 2013 10: 03
        Quote: vlad767
        Yes, I also fear that this is Iranian Gorbachev. Well, or a bear.

        And I would take the Koran - and to Tehran.

      2. Ivan.
        Ivan. 18 June 2013 14: 37
        Quote: vlad767
        And then something the west was too happy.

        Rouhani, Konovalov added, reflects the interests of those who can be grouped under the slogan “We want change”: youth, students, women, gender movementsintelligentsia

        Few geyrops need to be geysed asia.
    5. sergo0000
      sergo0000 18 June 2013 19: 55
      It would probably be right to say that now the United States will try to consolidate the unexpectedly failed success in Iran. The US will have to expect increased activity. All sorts of proposals and promises will have only one goal - to turn Iran away from the nuclear program. It will not be easy to do this. If you recall that a year ago the United States threatened Iran with a war, and now they will fill up with their best friends, then the same thought comes to mind, full of dumbasses are sitting in the State Department who are unable to predict the situation or to build approaches in advance correctly. Well, could it be that the author of some kind of online publication, although a journalist with many years of experience, could predict a sensation in the elections, and the whole State Department with all its analysts was blind, like a three-day-old kitten? For what, tell me, do they get money there? Worse than American diplomats act, only American women in Manhattan in high heels look. There is no elegance in either case. However, what should the world expect from a new Iranian leader?

      American analysts are now spending time in telephone calls and face-to-face meetings on the topic “Who would have thought!” Nevertheless, some have already managed to make forecasts. They say that a certain drift of Iran towards the USA and the EU is possible. It is recalled that it was Rukhani who led the negotiations on the nuclear issue in 2004, when uranium enrichment was suspended. This the West considers as some sign that can help to understand that pressure on Iran is possible and useful. Some Iranians believe that the past 8 years have given nothing to the country, but this assumption is erroneous. Regardless of what the West thinks about this, Iran today is already receiving electricity from a nuclear power plant. Without Ahmadinejad, of course, this would not have happened. Http://
      Quote: Lech s ZATULINKI
      Lech from ZATULINKI
      1. atalef
        atalef 19 June 2013 07: 56
        Quote: sergo0000
        It would probably be right to say that now the United States will try to consolidate the unexpectedly failed success in Iran. The US will have to expect increased activity.

        Rouhani is an ordinary screen that does not solve anything, designed to ease sanctions and drag out negotiations. Nothing will change in Iran.
  3. Belogor
    Belogor 18 June 2013 08: 50
    At present, the Iranian president does not decide anything, in any case, in foreign policy. Work issues are his destiny, and strategic issues are dominated by the supreme leader, ayatollah.
  4. cartridge
    cartridge 18 June 2013 08: 53
    The victory of Rowhan in Iran greatly complicates the military scenario for the United States in the rel. Iran. How can you bomb a country where the president-reformer is in power?

    I hope that this assumption is correct.
    1. xetai9977
      xetai9977 18 June 2013 09: 18
      The Iranians have a completely different mentality than the Afghans and Pakistanis. They are very Europeanized. Outside of Iran, they wear jeans, short skirts, dance at discos ... There are fanatics of course. But mostly they are secular people.
      1. Max otto
        Max otto 18 June 2013 11: 03
        They wear jeans and short skirts in their own country in Iran, though under the skirt they have the same jeans for women and kerchiefs (which I don’t understand, because of what to keep on my head, but kill it), but it's on the street. And so there is a shaft of all sorts of clubs with discos and alcohol. And some women, if I hadn’t been married, I would have stayed there, for sure. Photos from one discobar in Tehran, my photo, you will not find on the Internet. In general, although it is called the Islamic Republic of Iran, freedom is not less there than in Europe, though they are not spoiled by tolerance, and the clergy do not strangle anyone with sharia. In general, a fairly Europeanized country.
        1. rolik
          rolik 18 June 2013 12: 10
          Quote: Max Otto
          . Vobschem pretty Europeanized country

          Normal little ladies good repeat
          1. Gari
            Gari 18 June 2013 14: 55
            Quote: rolik
            Normal little ladies

            We have a lot of them, students, businessmen and just tourists, if you say just advanced, mean nothing to say - both advanced and very modern, developed - young people in clubs and discotheques come off like that, like to come to Yerevan for us on their holidays
        2. Yarbay
          Yarbay 18 June 2013 14: 56
          Quote: Max Otto
          And so there is a shaft of all sorts of clubs with discos and alcohol

          it is not true!!)))
          Stop fussing!
          There are even concerts very rare!
          and about discobars and alcohol tell the gymnasium students on the bench))))
          There are underground clubs, but they will catch you punished !!
        3. xetai9977
          xetai9977 18 June 2013 15: 44
          Max Otto, I really doubt that this photo was taken in Iran, and about disco bars and alcohol, this is generally fiction. Caught, punished with lashes, it doesn’t seem enough. The Iranians, as they are dressed in the photo either abroad, or at home, in the circle of relatives, of whom you are hardly a member.
          1. Max otto
            Max otto 18 June 2013 17: 34
            Is that speculation too? Tehran. You probably confuse Iran with Saudi Arabia, they’ll chop off a head for such a thing, and in Iran you can still build it, without any problems.
            1. xetai9977
              xetai9977 18 June 2013 19: 16
              No, the churches are standing. You saw it yourself. And about the disco bars, alcohol and those girls in the photo, you are too clever to say the least. You can tell the Russian audience anything, they are not up to date. But we should not. Yours faithfully...
  5. The gentleman
    The gentleman 18 June 2013 09: 09
    speculation, speculation, and again speculation. Iran cannot now sharply turn the course taken by Ahmadinejad, because the president is not the main figure. religious circles tell him how and what to say. First, an aggressive president was needed. solved their problems, didn’t give a damn about everything-in terms of nuclear weapons, Assad’s support, strengthened. now we need a negotiator to solve unresolved problems. Again, I don’t think that the new Iran’s eyes will be directed to the West. I’ll think of a policy of containing Iran, but it will be friends with old friends. time and time again.
  6. fzr1000
    fzr1000 18 June 2013 09: 30
    From Euronews.
    The newly elected President of Iran confirmed that Iran will continue to develop the nuclear program, only it can be made more open, does not change its attitude to the Syrian issue, but is not ready to release political prisoners immediately from prisons, as promised during the election.
    So while nothing changes in words.
  7. orff
    orff 18 June 2013 09: 35
    Iran has been living under the pressure of sanctions since the beginning of the 50s! It does not swell with hunger, like Sev. Korea. A country with such a boycott is developing and is already enriching uranium itself. More attention should be paid to such a serious neighbor, whose weight in the region is significant.
    It’s clear that Big Brother’s sanctions are like a black mark for anyone who touches Iran, but, imho, Russia is entering a new orbit and can afford a wider range of interests for integration with Iran.
    What events are being held by Russia to popularize Iran? How many Iranian students study at Russian universities and cadets?
  8. kazssr
    kazssr 18 June 2013 09: 51
    even with the new president, Iran will not go on about the Americans, the image all the same. a friend went to Iran for work. Of course there are problems, but they seem to live not badly. and they will have more democracy than some Gulf countries. and the Saudis scream that there is no democracy in Iran, saying that the Ayatollah is in charge of everyone. let the saudis look at their faces first.
  9. UzRus
    UzRus 18 June 2013 09: 53
    The main thing is that Iran does not turn its back on Syria. Without an ally like Iran, Syria will be difficult ...
    1. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 18 June 2013 12: 06
      Syria is not the main goal, the main goal of Iran, and if you abandon your ally, many can turn away from it.
  10. 128mgb
    128mgb 18 June 2013 10: 09
    Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
    Time will tell whether he is an agent of influence such as the rebuilder Gorbachev.
    If this is confirmed, then I will not envy the fate of IRAN.

    In the USSR, from the time of the hunchback, the spiritual leader did not mean practically anything unlike Iran in the present.
  11. Ulysses
    Ulysses 18 June 2013 10: 27
    Actually, nothing has changed in Iran.
    The president there is a representative figure.
    They did a little reverence for the West, they say here is the president-reformer, talk to your health.
  12. Zeus
    Zeus 18 June 2013 10: 38
    if it (the struggle) is replaced by some form of cooperation, reasonably reasonable

    It is interesting on what grounds Konovalov suggests that Iran will have some kind of cooperation if the Yankees need chaos in the entire Middle East and in Iran in particular. No one has canceled the far-fetched reason for developing nuclear weapons, and no one will allow the new president to donate natural resources to the Western barbarians.
  13. Yeraz
    Yeraz 18 June 2013 11: 22
    Yes, this little Ahmadinejad did not decide anything significant, so that with his departure the vector of Iran changed Ayatollah is the main figure.
  14. agbykov
    agbykov 18 June 2013 11: 30
    My five cents about the new president of Iran: Speaks Arabic, English, French, German and Russian tongues.
  15. fenix57
    fenix57 18 June 2013 12: 07
    Here's another one under .... "strings" are not visible between the fingers ... hi
  16. dc120mm
    dc120mm 18 June 2013 12: 19
    I think Rouhani is smarter than Ahmadinejad, he will not give the United States the opportunity to provoke. Well, I hope!
    1. Yarbay
      Yarbay 18 June 2013 14: 53
      Quote: dc120mm
      I think Rouhani is smarter than Ahmadinejad, he will not give the United States the opportunity to provoke. Well, I hope!

      Do not expect))
  17. Andrey_K
    Andrey_K 18 June 2013 14: 53
    If Iran negotiates with the United States, then there is nothing wrong with that, it will never threaten to become a vassal, and even self-thinking allies will not bring any particular benefit to Americans - they need blind puppets that approve of everything, and Iran will never become such.
    But, in the event of successful negotiations, the United States will be forced to leave Syria alone and lift the sanctions.

    In this regard, I doubt that the United States will go for it - even the most liberal president there - any concessions to Iran - a spit in the face of his other vassals (Qatar, KSA, Israel) - I do not think that the United States will change its tit for a crane.

    So the persecution of Iran will continue under any conditions.
    1. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 18 June 2013 15: 03
      Iran could have screwed up a lot for us, in terms of hydrocarbons, and if we had agreed on a love, then oh, how hard Russia would have been.
      1. Andrey_K
        Andrey_K 18 June 2013 15: 14
        Well, what would he do?
        Would KSA agree and together they would lower the price of oil?
        It is doubtful that both of them benefit from high prices.
  18. VadimSt
    VadimSt 18 June 2013 15: 36
    Quote: MIKHAN
    No wonder C-300 was held for Iran. It is not yet known what kind of fruit this new Iranian president is.

    When was all this? Who thought about the upcoming elections?
    Simply, in connection with the fuss over Syria, Russia unexpectedly found itself "an ace up its sleeve", it is one step ahead of the West, both when considering the supply of S-300 to Syria, and when renewing the treaty on Iran. The positive decision of the International Arbitration Court in Geneva, on the claim of Iran, in which most Russian and international experts have no doubt, will almost once again confirm the penetration of double standards of the West into international law, and will also clash the interests of two international organizations, represented by the Geneva Court and the UN. And all this without any harsh attacks from Russia.
    At the same time, Russia knows that Iran's position is that upon renewal of obligations under the agreement, the claim can be withdrawn. As a result, Russia has not only "clean" hands, but also "untied hands" - in matters of compliance with its obligations on the supply of weapons.
  19. PSih2097
    PSih2097 18 June 2013 21: 42
    reflects the interests of those who can be grouped under the slogan “We want change”: youth, students, women, gender movements, intelligentsia

    This already happened ... with a hunchback. Result on the face.
  20. valokordin
    valokordin 19 June 2013 08: 31
    Liberals in Iran, unlike Geyropa, will not legitimize same-sex marriages, but rapprochement in the West may alert. If only they would not stop helping Syria. Russia should supply the S-300 air defense system to Iran in full.