Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Iran Is Losing Trust In Russia

Russian soldiers are seen along a new corridor of Jisreen-Mleha road where they expect people to arrive from eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Rohollah Faghihi, National Interest: Iranian mistrust of Russia surges as Syrian war winds down

In Iran, the media's negative view toward Russia is intensifying amid speculation that Moscow is bypassing Tehran in Syria.

Unfavorable Iranian views of the Kremlin go back to the early 1800s, when the Russian empire defeated the Iranian army in two consecutive wars, leading to the cession of major territories to Russia. Under two treaties between the two countries in 1813 and 1828, Iran ceded Dagestan, eastern Georgia, modern-day Armenia, the southern parts of current-day Azerbaijan, including Nakhchivan, and Igdir province, now part of Turkey.

Negative views toward Moscow persisted into the 20th century. In 1965, 14 years before the Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi regime, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, slammed the Soviet Union along with Britain and the United States as enemies of Iran, even calling the Soviet Union filthier than the other two.

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WNU Editor: Many have been predicting that this was going to happen ....  a split between Russia and Iran over Syria once the war winds down. Both countries have different views on how to end the conflict .... Russia wants a poltiical settlement, while Iran wants a complete military solution. And both have different views on how to rebuild the country, and how to be repaid for their sacrifices.

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