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Russia and Iran Sign Contract for Missile System Delivery: RIA

MOSCOW, Nov 9: Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday. “S-300, the air defence system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was

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Saudi Arabia: The Bold And The Dutiful

Saudi Arabia Shuffles its Geopolitical Card BY Leila Hatoum Over the past century, three countries have led the Middle East’s political hegemony: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. But never, has the Kingdom, since the days of King Faisal —who cut off Saudi oil from the West—  been as assertive and firm in its stand and

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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Syrian Opposition, Rebels Claim Not to Have Been Invited to Vienna Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday that will bring

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Game of Isotopes: Are Iran’s prospects looking up?

A nuclear winter is (not) coming…just yet. Iran’s prospects are looking up By Roshanak Taghavi  LAST YEAR, the world of fantasy, much like reality, concerned itself often with the struggle for power: its use, abuse, and the mediation thereof. In the epic series Game of Thrones, petrified dragon eggs served as the weaponry of choice

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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Khamenei endorses Iran nuclear deal

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 ANKARA– Iran should not give up principal elements of its atomic program until accusations of past military dimensions have been stabilized, said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The statement comes after approving the state’s nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Khameni ordered the July 14 agreement to be implemented

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