Russia and Iran are very firmly allied with each other at the moment. In fact, the relationship has crossed the threshold of strategic partnership that was once viewed as cordial relationship.
However, very few people know that apart from cooperation in the field of military operations, Russia and Iran relations are rather ambiguous and tense. There is a prospect of future rivalry between Iran and Russia which might turn into reproachment some time in the future. [ Watch Russia And Iran Deal For Weapons Worth Billions of Dollars ]
In fact, Russia and Iran are both active in the Middle East. Russia entered the fray in Syria in September 2013. Russia wanted to take the advantage of the vacuum created in the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring.
However, Russia knew that it would allow her not only to project power in the Middle East, but also catapult it to the international arena where it can also become a mighty super power that it once was. [ Watch Iran ordered to pay billions to victims of 9/11 case ]
The new found power position that Russia, enjoys after carrying out operations in Syria, has allowed it to have a better bargaining position with the West.
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