Two of the world’s revisionist powers, Russia and Iran, signed a major deal which includes renewed missile sales, increased military cooperation, and provisions for joint training exercises. Defense News reports:
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a military cooperation deal with Iran on Tuesday that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US “interference.”Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing Western sanctions. […]Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan told state television that Iran and Russia had a “shared analysis of US global strategy, its interference in regional and international affairs and the need to cooperate in the struggle against the interference of foreign forces in the region.”
Moscow had cut off the sale of the powerful S-300 missiles in 2010, due the UN’s sanctioning of Iran on account of its nuclear program. That was back in the era when, if you remember, the U.S. was still hoping for a “reset” with Russia.The Kremlin of 2015 is not so concerned with world opinion and international law. It’s more concerned with thumbing its nose at the U.S. Meanwhile, Tehran seems to think its position in the nuclear negotiations is strong enough, and the U.S. desperate enough for a deal, that it can be as provocative as it wants.