The administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is exploring options for the possible break military and diplomatic Alliance between Russia and Iran. Thus, we expect simultaneously to end the Syrian conflict and to strengthen the fight against «Islamic state». This American newspaper the Wall Street Journal said a senior representative of the US administration and European and Arab officials involved in the discussion.
According to interlocutors of publication, the emerging strategy seeks to reconcile the seemingly contradictory promises trump to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and vigorously to resist the military presence of Iran, one of the most important allies of Moscow in the middle East.
As reported by the senior representative of the US administration, the White house has no illusions about Russia or Putin look like a «good boy», despite made on the eve of the conciliation trump statements to the Russian leader during an interview with Fox News channel. At the same time the interlocutor of the edition emphasized that Washington does not consider Moscow as an existential threat that the Soviet Union presented to the United States during the cold war. The trump seeks to deter Iran, the source said.
«If there is a wedge that could be hammered between Russia and Iran, we are ready to investigate this issue», — said the interlocutor of the newspaper from the trump.
The sources said it was difficult to assume that Putin may demand in exchange for the conclusion of such transaction. «Between Russia and Iran, there is disagreement. It’s unclear what Putin will demand in exchange for the weakening of this Alliance,» said a senior European official, who in recent weeks held talks on this issue with the staff of the national security Council the White house.
A number of Washington-based experts on Russia believe that Putin will ask a high price for any step that separates it from its close cooperation with Iran. In addition to easing sanctions, the Russian President may require concessions from the USA on the situation in Ukraine, as well as limiting the expansion of NATO to the East near the Russian border, according to the article, translated by InoPressa.
«If the Kremlin would reduce the supply of arms to Iran, probably, should expect a significant easing of sanctions (USA against Russia. — ed)», — said Dimitri Simes, an expert on Russia and President of the Center for national interest in Washington. «The Russians don’t believe in a free lunch,» said the source WSJ.
Recall that Iran, together with Turkey and Russia participated in the negotiations for a peaceful settlement in Syria, which took place at the end of January 2017 in Astana. Then it became known that Putin plans to March in Moscow for official talks with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
On the eve of trump in an interview with Fox News channel called Iran «a terrorist state number one.» «They’re everywhere are sending money and weapons», — said the American leader. On the question of whether there is currently the threat of an open conflict between the US and Iran, trump the right to not answer was: «We never talked about using its military power.»
In the same interview, the American President stood up for Putin in front of a journalist, who called him a «murderer.» Trump said that the United States themselves are «many killed» and with the current Russian leader, he hopes to get along with.
Last Saturday, Iran conducted missile exercises in the province of Semnan. The maneuvers were called the «Defenders of borders of Fatherland», as Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizade threatened to bring down on the heads of enemies of the Republic hail «roaring rockets».
The exercises were a response to U.S. sanctions against Iran on Friday, 3 February. Washington has extended the restrictive measures, adding to the blacklists 13 people and 12 entities related to the IRGC.
The impetus for the expansion of sanctions was the launch of Iran’s ballistic missiles, medium-range, place on the 29th of January this year. The sanctions affected entities, which the US considered involved in missile program Tehran.
On the background of sanctions Pentagon chief James Mattis called Iran the main sponsor of global terrorism.
The media learned about US plans to «drive a wedge» between Russia and Iran 06.02.2017