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The Strategic Meaning of Russia-Iran Relations

Saturday, 04 October 2014 08:14
by Gregorio Baggiani

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Relations between Russia and Iran date back at least to the 18th century, and since then the southern Caucasus has represented a common area of interest between the two countries. To this days, good relations with Iran mean for Russia playing a central role in maintaining the balance in the region. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the relations between Russia and the Islamic Republic, focusing on the issue of Iranian nuclear capacity, and the issue of the legal status of the Caspian Sea and the Russia-Iran Alliance. The author discusses Russia-Iran relations and the international context in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, tracing all the elements of convergence and divergence in the relations between the two countries

 

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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The question of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, though apparently characterized by a merely legalistic and economic aspect, really hides a political and geopolitical issue of great relevance. Situated at the geopolitical confluence of actors of international importance (China, India, Russia, USA, EU, Iran and Turkey) the Caspian Sea has gradually assumed a strategic role and has attracted the attention of a great number of state and non-state actors present on the international scene


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