• Results of the meeting in Qatar: the volume of oil production "freezing" is not threatened 20 april 2016The meeting of 18 oil-exporting countries, which took place April 17 in Doha (Qatar), finished ... nothing. Contrary to the allegations of "grave concern" about the fall in world prices of official representatives of the member countries of OPEC, none of them was not ready to take the plunge - cut production and donate a part of its share of the world market for the illusive prospects of returning the main source of foreign exchange earnings to the value of at least up to $ 50 per barrel.

    Judging by the comments of equity analysts and financiers - few of them believed that the decision to freeze oil production takes place. However, in February this year, when Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar expressed readiness to negotiate such a step and seek accession by other States manufacturers, the price per barrel "played" from 27 to 40 dollars. Apparently, this was the last of the jump, and in the future - although any predictions here are approximate - we should expect minor fluctuations around the $ 30-35 mark.

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  • Moscow-Tehran-Baku: pragmatic dialogue 05 april 2016Scheduled for April 7th meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran in Baku may well open a new page in the development of the South Caucasus. And while the focus is on the agenda of economic issues, the ministers of foreign affairs appears a great opportunity to openly discuss accumulated in bilateral and trilateral relations and issues of regional problems.

    They are, unfortunately, quite enough from the "frozen" conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which, as recent events have shown, can at any moment turn into a full-scale hostilities, to increasing, and at the same time - warmed up from the outside, the competition between the three countries in the markets energy. But there are also questions on the Caspian Sea, which for two decades, can not put a legal point.

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  • Saudi Arabia opens up a new front against Iran 09 march 2016Statement Gulf Abd al-Latif al-Rashid hiatus Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Arab States to declare movement Hezbollah a "terrorist organization" - is, first of all, the application for the opening of the Saudis and their allies a new front against Iran and its policies in the region. This time - in Lebanon.

    Events, which was the final statement of Rashid al-dehiscence, developed rapidly. February 19 this year, Riyadh announced that cancels its decision, according to which Beirut was allocated $ 4 billion 3 - for the purchase of French military equipment to the Lebanese army, 1 billion - to strengthen law enforcement bodies and special services of the country. Explaining the move, the official representatives of the Kingdom explained that this is such an educational measure, which the Saudis were forced to go after Beirut refused to condemn the incident in early January of this year, an attack on the KSA Embassy in Tehran.

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  • Velayati in Moscow towards the axis Moscow-Tehran! 05 february 2016Being in Moscow from 1 to 4 February of this year Advisor for International Affairs of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati, has caused a lot of questions in the Arab world, especially among the GCC countries and the West. In fact, after the lifting of sanctions with Iran actively speculation that the United States decided to turn Tehran into a main partner in the region, and thus send a clear signal to Saudi Arabia and Israel that their excessive obstinacy and independence from Washington's global policy will lead to the loss of the role of strategic allies in the Middle East. The second problem - a quarrel between Moscow and Tehran, and then, if possible, to incite Iran to Russia to open its way in the South Caucasus, the North Caucasus and Central Asia. And now, all wondering - what is behind this visit a person who is the de facto chief strategist Iranian foreign policy.

    What did Velayati in Moscow?

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  • The US wants to divide Iraq into three independent states 03 february 2016Assessing how the seemingly quiet behave the US and its Western allies in the Middle East, it can be concluded that Washington put up with what is happening in the region, giving him the opportunity to own forces to rake debris created by the Americans, the Saudis and the Qataris in the course of " color "revolutions and civil wars in the countries where they were unwanted modes. Moreover, Washington has spoiled relations with CSA and Israel that were in all the years after the Second World War, its main strategic ally, and went to the rapprochement with Iran, or even strongly protested against the actions of videoconferencing Russia for the destruction of the IG / Give in Syria . In fact, the United States, despite the start of the race for a place in the new president of America, under the guise of the Syrian conflict continues to intrigue in the Middle East, primarily to weaken the positions of Russia and Iran, and to restore the rule over the rich oil and gas resources of the region. Now the focus of the game turned out to be tricky turf Iraq.

    US headed for partition of Iraq into three independent states

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  • Saudi-Israeli alliance: the history of formation and partnership 01 february 2016While all gaped, looking at what new alliances are formed in the Middle East and wondering what it all means, just recall the action of the British Empire in the region and the history of Zionism, including its policies, and then the line is already a Jewish state, in against major Arab players, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. And then everything will fall into place, and will not have to guess about what is happening and why. And apparently there is something inexplicable: the US wants to break up its core until the last moment partner in Saudi Arabia, while drawing closer to Iran and quarreling with Israel, which has always been supported by Washington and its main ally in the Middle East. A CSA is trying to flirt with Russia, while Moscow unexpectedly huge honor host to the Emir of Qatar - the worst enemy of the Russian Federation and the main sponsor of terrorism in the friendly Russian countries, primarily in Syria, and along with ally Turkey, with which Russia most frozen all relationships.

    A bit of the distant past

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  • The successful return of Iran to Europe 29 january 2016The Iranian issue is again occupies the front pages of leading European publications. But for the first time in many years, the materials are positive and full of goodwill to the Islamic Republic and its President. All is not smooth in the relationship, not all the obstacles to wider economic cooperation eliminated, but it is now clear - first European tour Hassan Rowhani went extremely well.

    Led by Hassan Rowhani to Europe from Iran a delegation comprising over one hundred businessmen and government officials, including the country's oil minister. For the first time in more than 10 years of senior management of the Islamic Republic visited European capitals to enter into multi-billion dollar deal. "Tehran turns into a bonanza for Europe, it is the driver of the banking system of the Old World," - wrote one of the most authoritative publications, and here it is far from the truth. Total Iranian president visited the two countries - Italy and France - whose economies are largely the backbone for the "Old World."

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  • The United States decided to break up Saudi Arabia 27 january 2016While the rest of the world can not understand why the international community can not cope with the IG / Give, which was battered blows videoconferencing Russian air, actions "on the ground" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah in support of the loyal Bashar Assad BC Syria and the military forces of the Syrian population, the Middle East continues to deteriorate rapidly, which is extremely negative impact on world oil prices, already greatly lowered the policy of Saudi Arabia in the export of "black gold". The price of oil last week repeatedly to step below the psychological mark of $ 27. Per barrel, while focusing on the 29-30 dollars. It gets in US oil production, especially from shale, forcing Washington to seek political incentive mechanisms in prices for "black gold." It is no accident in Washington and London began to receive messages until it is too loud, the readiness of the US to the collapse of the Saudi kingdom, or at least to replace the current king Salman, who, in addition to games on the oil price, exhibits rebelliousness and on many foreign policy issues , thereby causing a blow to US interests in the region.

    What's behind the divergence between Washington and Riyadh

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  • New global and regional role of Iran 26 january 2016After the conflict with Saudi Arabia and the United States and the EU decision to lift sanctions with Iran's global and regional role of Tehran began to sound in a different way. It's quite apparent in the position of Iran in connection with the execution in KSA 47 local Shiite leaders, including prominent human rights activist and preacher of Ayatollah al-Nimrah Nimrah.Iranians are very sharply reacted to the massacre of Shiites on insignificant charges. Then they also dramatically refused to comply with an ultimatum to Washington immediately after the lifting of sanctions in relation to Iran's decision to continue the development program for the production and development of ballistic missiles. Thus, Tehran has shown the world that it intends to continue to firmly adhere to the independent course, which is primarily responsible to its own national interests.

    The consequences of the crisis with Saudi Arabia

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  • IRAN-CHINA: GRAND diplomatic breakthrough 25 january 2016Visit of the President Xi Jinping to Tehran marked the grand diplomatic breakthrough in relations between the two countries. And the consequences of this break in the near future have a beneficial effect on the vast expanse of the Middle East, and Central and South Asia.

    Signed during the summit meetings of heads of China and Iran's agreement on a comprehensive strategic partnership creates a solid foundation that the union of these two countries will be a major factor in determining the safety and stability of the region. Xi Jinping became the first leader of a world-class, who visited Iran after the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, and it is a very significant step.

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  • Ankara and Tehran: Conflict or Partnership? 14 january 2016Sharing more than harsh words between Ankara and Tehran in December and early January of this year, I raised the question of whether there will not add to the already existing list associated with the Middle East conflict and even confrontation of Iran and Turkey. The relevance of this issue has grown even more after the terrorist attacks in Istanbul on January 12 that the US and NATO are already trying to introduce Erdogan and Davutoglu as an argument for enhanced cooperation between Ankara and the West in Syria.

    Moreover, this issue has to Tehran and, to some extent, for Moscow, quite practical significance.Another surge of tension in relations with the Saudis makes the Iranian leadership to carefully observe the maneuvers of the Turkish politicians - not whether they are using the developments as a pretext for even tactical, but rather unpleasant Tehran rapprochement with Riyadh. What is more - the desire to extract from Erdogan's confrontation of Iran and the Saudis maximum benefits for the Turkish economy? Or more seriously, and we are talking about a temporary alliance shifts the balance of power in the region?

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  • The war of the US Congress against the Vienna agreement with Iran 12 january 2016Opposition to the implementation of the Vienna, 2015 year, agreements with Iran over its "nuclear dossier" brings US congressmen and senators so that they are ready to forget about party differences. Democrats and Republicans in the fight for the preservation of the existing sanctions against Tehran and the introduction of additional, already on the new occasions, formed a united front, united in political fulminatory fist.

    Which repeatedly attacks the head of the White House, not letting them in connection with the upcoming post-election changes quietly prepare for the departure of habitable rooms, adding gray hair and causing heart palpitations. Yes, Obama and Kerry last year managed to push through the Capitol Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program, but, apparently, and the Congress and Senate are determined to do everything to make this victory Administration in thin and delicate area US-Iranian relations remains the only bright spot on the whole, quite bleak background.

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  • Erdogan at a crossroads: a possible change of government in Turkey 30 october 2015November 1, Turkey should pass early parliamentary elections. For the first time in many years, the ruling party Recep Tayyip Erdogan AKP (Party of Justice and Freedom) is not convinced that even in a coalition with other parties, it will be able to stay in power and form a government. The reasons for this are many - the failures across the board: from the domestic and foreign policy, to the degradation of the security situation and the sharp rise in terrorism. Separately standing Kurdish problem. Political complexity caused primarily due to participate in the destabilization of the Syrian conflict and the violation of the peace agreements between the Kurds and the Turkish authorities. This is largely due to the policies of Turkey under the banner of combating ISIS, which is de facto turned into a struggle with the Kurds and Syrians, supporters of Bashar al-Assad. The country is fast becoming a hotbed of terrorism. High-profile attacks have become almost normal in Ankara and Istanbul and other major cities in the south-east of the country. Erdogan clearly losing control of the situation.

    New Ottoman Empire?

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  • The intrigue of the Iran - Pakistan – China gas pipeline 28 october 2015The gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan with the sonorous name "Mir", setting a record for the duration of discussions and approvals by December 2017 will become a reality from the laid pipes, infrastructure and LNG (liquefied natural gas). 1735 kilometers in length, a little less than $ 2.5 billion in value, a lot of other numbers and percent - is its economy. In political terms the implementation of the "World" will mark the first step on the way of the involvement of Tehran created in China "economic space of the new Silk Road."

    Due to the long period elapsed from the signing between Iran and Pakistan, an agreement on the construction of the "World" before the start of its implementation, a number of experts in Tehran and Islamabad, calling him "a second Bushehr." Keeping in mind, of course, a protracted history of the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant and the vicissitudes associated with the process of the Russian-Iranian contract. Compare frankly incorrect, since that "age" that inflame political intrigue, Bushehr near the "world" looks existent baby. Suffice it to recall that the idea of ​​its construction began in the late 50s (!) Years of the last century, when a teacher located in the northwest of Pakistan Military-Technical College "Risalpur" Malik Ahmad Khan has published scientific and practical article on the possible construction of such a pipeline. As is often the case with the ideas of breakthroughs, the text read, to debate and ... forgotten. And only three decades later, in 1989, when the threat of shortage of gas beginning of vague prospects to take the character of the real danger, the idea has been the subject of official talks between the two countries officials.

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  • Russia important alliance with Iran, not Saudi Arabia 26 october 2015The US plan for a "New Middle East" is moving at full speed, but did not give the result that Washington hoped Middle Eastern visionaries 15 years ago. There is no rapid formation of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Middle East to Western patterns with total US leadership, which they planned and created chaos gripped by religious fanaticism, and the region where the main external players who can counter this, become more confident Russia and Iran. The concept of creating a new "democratic" Middle East based on the premise of American power. The United States began with the fact that, by military intervention toppled Saddam Hussein. Then came the era of "color revolutions" that plunged the entire Middle East in a total mess. Then, without the involvement of Washington and US strategists error appeared Islamic Caliphate established ISIS. Who threatened to overthrow the queue are already in the US's closest allies in the region - conservative regimes of the Arabian monarchies. Remaining after Washington vacuum can take Russian-Iranian alliance. Yesterday's "axis of evil" has now become the mainstay of the entire Middle East. Russia tightens control over Syria, and Iran is doing the same in Iraq. Egypt does not hide the desire to join this axis. Oddly enough, but it is from this new alliance today depends on the survival of many Arab regimes.

    The new contours of the region

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