Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

August 17, 2020

<p class="font_8">In recent weeks, reports of a potential 25-year, $400-billion deal between Iran and China have dominated the conversation about Tehran’s options for freeing itself from the punishing U.S.-imposed sanctions regime on the country. Only time will tell if this so-called strategic agreement can live up to the hype, but China is not alone in seeing an embattled Iran as a major geopolitical and commercial opportunity. Russia too has ambitions of strengthening ties with Iran and its plans for closer economic cooperation appear to revolve around three main drivers at present: Russian arms sales, joint oil and gas projects, and Iran’s role as a transit hub for Moscow’s broader transportation projects connecting Russia to South Asia.&nbsp;</p>

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

August 17, 2020

<p class="font_8">In recent weeks, reports of a potential 25-year, $400-billion deal between Iran and China have dominated the conversation about Tehran’s options for freeing itself from the punishing U.S.-imposed sanctions regime on the country. Only time will tell if this so-called strategic agreement can live up to the hype, but China is not alone in seeing an embattled Iran as a major geopolitical and commercial opportunity. Russia too has ambitions of strengthening ties with Iran and its plans for closer economic cooperation appear to revolve around three main drivers at present: Russian arms sales, joint oil and gas projects, and Iran’s role as a transit hub for Moscow’s broader transportation projects connecting Russia to South Asia.&nbsp;</p>

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

August 17, 2020

<p class="font_8">In recent weeks, reports of a potential 25-year, $400-billion deal between Iran and China have dominated the conversation about Tehran’s options for freeing itself from the punishing U.S.-imposed sanctions regime on the country. Only time will tell if this so-called strategic agreement can live up to the hype, but China is not alone in seeing an embattled Iran as a major geopolitical and commercial opportunity. Russia too has ambitions of strengthening ties with Iran and its plans for closer economic cooperation appear to revolve around three main drivers at present: Russian arms sales, joint oil and gas projects, and Iran’s role as a transit hub for Moscow’s broader transportation projects connecting Russia to South Asia.&nbsp;</p>

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian Copy

August 17, 2020

<p class="font_8">In recent weeks, reports of a potential 25-year, $400-billion deal between Iran and China have dominated the conversation about Tehran’s options for freeing itself from the punishing U.S.-imposed sanctions regime on the country. Only time will tell if this so-called strategic agreement can live up to the hype, but China is not alone in seeing an embattled Iran as a major geopolitical and commercial opportunity. Russia too has ambitions of strengthening ties with Iran and its plans for closer economic cooperation appear to revolve around three main drivers at present: Russian arms sales, joint oil and gas projects, and Iran’s role as a transit hub for Moscow’s broader transportation projects connecting Russia to South Asia.&nbsp;</p>