Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Trump’s Paradox: Close Ties with Putin and Hostility towards Iran

While Iran and Russia are known as strategic allies, the next US president is going to enhance his country’s ties with Russia and at the same time put Iran under pressure. Is it possible?

According to a report by Asr-e Iran, as translated by IFP, the US President-elect Donald Trump is expected to improve Washington’s ties with Moscow. On the other hand, it has vowed to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran and put the country under further pressure.

Since Iran and Russia have close policies on Middle East issues, particularly the ongoing crises in Iraq and Syria, it is not exactly clear how Trump will deal with the existing paradox in “having close ties with Russia” and at the same time “countering Iran’s policies and the Islamic Republic’s regional influence”.

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