Why Iran still doesn’t trust Russia on Syria
TEHRAN, Iran — On June 10, Iran hosted the defense ministers of Russia and Syria at its own Defense Ministry. The stated aim was to exchange views and discuss the “war on terror.” This time, unlike previous such gatherings, it was Iran and not Russia that formed the political axis of the discussions. During the talks in Tehran, the three defense ministers confirmed their respective governments’ determination to “continue military operations until terrorism is rooted out,” especially in Syria.
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WNU Editor: The Iranians see this conflict as a religious/sectarian one, and they want to provide support and protection for their allies. The Russians do not want to get involved in a prolonged military conflict with a religious bent .... hence the reluctance. I expect both sides to continue to work and cooperate together on Syria .... but once Russia's strategic objectives have been secured .... port and airport facilities and a loyal and faithful ally in Assad .... they will want their military footprint decreased, and decreased ASAP.