Contents tagged with Iran

  • Russia to hold joint naval exercises with Iran

    The commander of the Iranian Navy Hossein Khanzadi called the date of joint military exercises with Russia and China, reports the Iranian Fars News Agency. "The upcoming exercises are called "Maritime Security Belt," and they will be held on December 27, 2019," said Khanzadi.

    As expected, naval military drills of the fleets of the three countries will be held in the Indian Ocean. Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the military exercises "will not be directed …

  • Unidentified warplanes attack Iranian military warehouse in Syria

    "Unidentified aircraft" conducted airstrikes on IRGC's (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) weapons warehouse near the city of Abu Kamal, Syria, near the Iraqi border, reports Al Arabia news agency.

    Iraqis and Syrians have accused Israel of the attack and have promised to take revenge. Unidentified aircraft regularly bomb this large military base near Abu Kamal, which is being built by the Iranians. The base is situated along the Iran-Syria main land route leading to Iraq.

    Iranians named this …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not need US approval to strengthen ties with Iran

    Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said  that Moscow does not need any “permission” from Washington to strengthen its ties with Tehran. In an interview with the Iranian English-language channel Press TV, the diplomat stressed that Russia is an absolutely sovereign state which pursues independent policies, and does not need permission from the US or any other country to strengthen ties with Iran.

    The ambassador believes that Russia-Iran relations have good prospects, noting that “the …

  • Internet shutdown disrupts work of Russian Embassy in Iran

    Russian diplomatic mission's press officer Andrei Ganenko said that the Internet shutdown, which lasted for several days, had disrupted the work of the Russian Embassy in Iran, reports RBC.

    "There was no normal communication with Moscow. Therefore, there was no possibility to issue visas for Iranian citizens as usual," he said. Ganenko noted that currently, everything is restored, and the Embassy operates as usual.

    Earlier, RIA Novosti reported, citing Ganenko, that the Internet at the …

  • Russia gives Israel green light to bomb Iranian forces in Syria

    According to Israeli news agency, Moscow was informed about the latest Israeli missile strikes on the outskirts of Damascus. The reason for that is allegedly tacit agreement between Moscow and Tel Aviv that gives Israel the right to attack Iranian military forces located in Syria.

    "Israeli-Russian coordination is based on the mutual interest of both countries. Israel is interested in the fight against Iranian entrenchment in Syria. At the same time, the Israeli fight against Iran in …

  • Iran asks Russia for $2 billion

    Iran has asked Russia for a $2 billion loan, announced Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Saturday after meeting with his Iranian colleague Reza Ardakanian.

    Tehran needs the money for a number of projects, including the construction of a thermal and a hydroelectric power plant, a railway line, and carriages for its metro system, Reuters cites Novak as saying.

    The figure named by the Iranian energy minister ahead of his trip to Moscow was somewhat larger, at $5 billion.

    However, Novak …

  • Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to missile attacks

    The Israeli military confirmed it had carried out air strikes against dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) the air strikes were  in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.

    A London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right (SOHR) reported that the Israeli airstrikes killed 11 people. Among the killed are seven members of pro-Iranian militia.  

    The Israeli military said its fighter jets hit multiple …

  • Israeli secret weapon could end up in Iran’s hands

    The US has been alarmed to learn that an antimissile from the Israeli David’s Sling defense system has ended up in the possession of the Russian military.

    According to Ian Williams, deputy director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Moscow gaining access to the secret Israeli weapon is not as distressing as the possibility that the technology could leak to Israel’s enemies, especially Iran.

    “If Iran gets this thing, we will see an identical …

  • Iran and Russia start work on second nuclear reactor in Bushehr

    On Sunday, November 10, Tehran launched the construction of a second reactor for the nuclear power plant in Bushehr in south-western Iran, said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

    The Islamic republic says that the project is one of the reasons it needs more enriched uranium than is allowed by the nuclear deal it made with the world powers.

    “It was not us who started breaking commitments,” remarked Salehi, blaming the United States for failing to accept the …

  • Russian journalist detained in Iran on suspicion of espionage

    Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik has been arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying, according to her family members and friends. According to her colleague and her former husband Boris Wojciechowski, two years ago, Yulia worked in Iran as a correspondent, and several days ago, she went to Tehran.

    "But the officials took away her passport at the airport, saying that they would return it when Yulia is leaving the country. However, yesterday, members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps broke …