Iran has refuted as “lies” the recent Israeli allegation that Tehran sought to send missiles to the blockaded Gaza Strip, saying Tel Aviv is concerned about the Islamic Republic’s increasing role in the Middle East.
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
In the following interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior analyst of international strategic issues, the importance of Ashton’s visit to Iran, its impact on the outlook of Iran-EU relations, and the influence of the current developments in Ukraine on Iran-EU ties have been put to discussion.
It is really difficult to predict the future outlook of Ukraine. However, in the light of past years’ experiences, it seems that at the end of the day foreign elements involved in the country’s domestic developments and the necessity of establishing security and stability in this region will have the last say. At the same time, both sides are trying to take advantage of all facilities and tools at their disposal to achieve their own specific goals.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is basically opposed to any form of foreign intervention in the internal affairs of independent states by any country and on any ground. Therefore, just in the same way that it does not support the military adventurism of Russia in Ukraine, it also rejects managed intervention of the United States and the European Union in Ukraine’s developments. Iran respects the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their fate through peaceful means and within framework of the law.
Russia is aware of its weight in comparison to other global powers and has no plan to enter into costly rivalries with other powers. Russia, within framework of the former Soviet Union, was once engaged in such a rivalry and saw how that rivalry finally led to the implosion of the Soviet Union. Therefore, Moscow is not willing to repeat the same experience. The current leaders in Russia are more willing to follow the same path that has been taken by the Chinese leaders.
As long as the United States’ close ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, is in a covert war with Iran, Washington will not be able to achieve this goal. Therefore, it seems that if the United States is willing to cooperate with Iran to fight further expansion of terrorism in the region, it should first take steps to help Iran and Saudi Arabia improve their relations.
The reasons behind Russia’s “hard” reaction to ongoing developments in Ukraine and the situation in the Crimean peninsula can be only understood on the basis of the large-scale power struggle between Moscow and the West as well as their zero-sum geopolitical game.
The West's recognition of Iran as a nuclear state would encourage Tehran to offer comprehensive cooperation in tackling the threat of nuclear terrorism, especially at the regional level.
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Stephen M. Walt
To discuss about the different aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, the ongoing talks between Iran and the six world powers and the prospects of Iran-U.S. relations in the light of the new diplomatic overtures by the Iranian government, Iran Review did an interview with Prof. Stephen M. Walt. What follows is the text of the interview.