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As the World Shuns Russia Over its Invasion of Ukraine, Iran Strengthens its Ties with Moscow

| Mar. 07, 2022

Hours after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi to inform him about Russia's "special military operation." During the call, Raisi expressed Iran's understanding of Russia's security concerns and affirmed the country's contention that "NATO expansion is a serious threat to the security and stability of independent nations."

To an extent, Iran's support for Russian actions reflects the improvement in bilateral ties, which have grown considerably at the political and military levels over the past decade. Russian and Iranian cooperation in the Syrian Civil War—though not without problems—when combined with their mutual antipathy towards the West, has led to greater coordination on overlapping goals and interests. Iran's response to the Russian invasion of a sovereign state stands out in its particularly pronounced pro-Russian stance—a contrast to Moscow's traditional allies, such as Kazakhstan.

Official statements from the Iranian Foreign Ministry have indicated Tehran's preference for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, while directly or indirectly blaming the United States for provoking or exacerbating the fighting....

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For Academic Citation: Grajewski, Nicole.“As the World Shuns Russia Over its Invasion of Ukraine, Iran Strengthens its Ties with Moscow.” Atlantic Council, March 7, 2022.

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Nicole Grajewski