Russia and Iran began to converge?

Russia and Iran began to converge?Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad approved the proposals of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which are aimed at resuming the negotiation process on the Iranian nuclear program. In addition, the head of Iran said that the two powers could act in the international arena as allies, put forward "joint proposals." He called for improving “ties and contacts” between Russia and Iran. Ahmadinejad said that in the past there is a successful experience of negotiations between the countries, the head of the Iranian state called conversations with Vladimir Putin “successful”, and communication with Medvedev - “useful”. Ahmadinejad urged to pay attention to the similarity of Iran and Russia, which carries a great potential for mutual enrichment of cultures. These statements are all the more surprising that after Medvedev, in 2010, refused military-technical cooperation and the C-300 contract, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called D. Medvedev a "mouthpiece of the enemies" of his country. Although the East is a “delicate matter,” yesterday the enemies, and today they are allies. Fortunately, we have no serious contradictions with Iran, but there can be many areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.

On August 16, the Iranian president held a meeting in Tehran with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Following this meeting, Ahmadinejad said that Tehran is ready to formulate proposals for cooperation within the framework of the so-called. "Plan Lavrov". Nikolai Patrushev, in turn, promised to take into account the opinion of the Iranian President and the spiritual leader of the Persians, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at further talks.

In addition, the difficult situation in the Middle East suggests that Moscow, together with Tehran, should act to preserve stability and peace. This fact was confirmed by the President of Iran: "The recent events in our region require the intensification of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow," the fruitful cooperation of the two powers, in his words, "meets the interests not only of our peoples, but also the interests of the peoples of the region (Middle and Near East) and of the world. "

Russia's proposals were announced on July 12 in Washington by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Then Lavrov said that the isolation of the Iranian state is a dead end, and the only way to resolve the conflict peacefully is to resume negotiations on cooperation. The Lavrov Plan provides for a phased expansion of interaction between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moscow proposes, step by step, to soften the sanctions measures against Iran, which in exchange will implement the recommendations of the IAEA. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, each specific, and not a declarative, action of the Iranian state deserves encouragement in the form of “freezing, and then, as we move forward, a reduction in the volume of sanctions.”

The whole “fuss” began because many countries and various non-governmental organizations suspect the Iranian authorities that they are developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a peaceful atomic program. weapon. As a result, in connection with this 9 June 2010, the UN Security Council imposed enhanced sanctions against Tehran, which included a ban on the supply of offensive weapons to this country. Because of these sanctions, Moscow was forced to deny delivery of five battalions of C-300-PMU1 anti-aircraft missile systems worth 800 million to Tehran. This contract was signed in 2007 year. In addition, Russian President Medvedev issued a decree banning the transfer of air defense systems to Iran, armored vehicles, combat aircraft, helicopters and ships. Also banned the use of the Russian Federation for the transport of arms to Iranian territory in transit.

In addition, the US has individually banned the export of petroleum products to Iran (Iran is the largest supplier of hydrocarbons, but due to the shortage of refineries, it has to buy gasoline and other fuels), and the EU has imposed a ban on investment, technical cooperation and the supply of equipment that Iran could be used in a nuclear program.

In response to the sanctions, Tehran announced the start of construction of a new nuclear reactor, which is intended for research purposes. On June 21, 2010, two inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency were banned from entering Iranian territory, accusing them of disclosing secret information. After that, the Iranian president announced that all bilateral talks on Tehran’s nuclear program were suspended.

The Iranian authorities have repeatedly stated that they do not intend to abandon uranium enrichment developments. Iranian politicians insist that the state’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.
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