On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran for bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart, President Ebrahim Raisi.
He’ll also meet with Iran’s Ayatollah Seyed Ali and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to the Iranian Parliament’s Economic Committee’s chairman, Mohammad Reza Pour Ebrahimi:
Putin’s visit aims to increase Iran’s economic relations with Russia.
Earlier in July during his visit to Moscow, Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor, Ali Saleh-Abadi, said bilateral economic cooperation continues to be strengthened.
On Monday ahead of Putin’s arrival in Iran, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the following:
“We all know that trade and economic relations between the two countries slightly exceeded four billion US dollars last year.”
Looking ahead, bilateral trade will be conducted in Russian rubles and Iranian rials.
In 2022, the volume of trade between both countries increased by 31%.
More of the same is likely ahead.
According to Putin aide, Yury Ushakov, Iran is an important Russian political and strategic partner.
Given US/Western sanctions war on both countries, bilateral trade and other economic relations are also increasingly important.
Putin and Erdogan will “discuss key issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation, the implementation of flagship projects in the trade and economic area, as well as give an in-depth consideration to some international issues, including the situation around Ukraine and the export of Ukrainian grain,” Ushakov explained.
Both leaders will also discuss Russia’s SMO in Ukraine and issues regarding Syria.
Commenting on Putin’s visit to Tehran to meet with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, the NYT bemoaned close ties between Moscow and Ankara, as well as the latter’s ties to Tehran.
At the same time in pursuit of his own interests, Erdogan plays one nation off against others, what makes him a very unreliable partner, a figure to distrust instead of the other way around.
Separately on Ukraine, Times fake news claimed the following:
The puppet Zelensky regime “foiled a (nonexistent) Russian plot to target the leadership (sic).”
Claiming hundreds of Ukrainians were arrested for “engaging in sabotage and reconnaissance for Russia (sic)” ignored that Russian speaking nationals and others opposed to Nazified tyrannical rule are at risk of being detained, disappeared or eliminated altogether.
And this Times frustration:
China, India, Iran, the Saudis and scores of other nations refuse to go along with US/Western sanctions war on Russia.
And this Times perversion of reality:
Vladimir Putin is “waging war on the world’s poor (sic) by spiking food, fertilizer and fuel prices (sic), while taking Ukrainian grain off the market (sic).”
And the Times quoted so-called EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, saying:
“Ukraine needs more arms. We will provide them” — because Russia destroyed most of what was delivered to its Nazi thugs by the US/West.
And this Times fake news:
“Russia exhausted most of its precision-guided weapons (sic) as well as many of the drones (sic).”
And this from the Times:
Russia’s Nord Stream 1 is undergoing 10 days of annual maintenance — “rais(ing) concerns that (it’ll) keep the pipeline closed to punish Germany and the rest of Europe (sic).”
What should be Russian policy to cease trading with mortal enemy regimes, to stop aiding their proxy war on Moscow, is a highly unlikely Kremlin step to be taken — a strategic error.
And this WaPo fake news:
“Russian missiles…target…Ukraine’s farmers (sic).”
And this WaPo perversion of reality:
“Russia (is) sending teachers to Ukraine to control what students learn (sic).”
And nary a day goes by without a torrent of fake news claims about Russian strikes on civilians and nonmilitary targets — its forces falsely blamed for US-orchestrated and directed Ukrainian war crimes.
And this from the WSJ — and other MSM:
Mrs. puppet Zelensky will address (a likely joint session of) Congress on July 20.
On Monday in Washington, she met with interventionist Blinken.
She’ll meet with other Biden regime and congressional officials during her stay.
And this from the Journal:
Getting US/Western supplied weapons to “the front lines is creating serious headaches for Ukraine’s military.”
According to a UK think tank quoted by the Journal:
“The current approach by which each country donates a battery of guns in a piecemeal way is rapidly turning into a logistical nightmare for Ukrainian forces with each battery requiring a separate training, maintenance and logistics pipeline.”
“None of these systems have that much commonality.”
“Ammunition should be interchangeable, etc. But that’s not the case.”
Left unexplained is how much of what US/Western regimes supply is destroyed by Russian forces.
On Monday, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported the following:
Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told field commanders in Ukraine and Donbass “to use surgical strikes and crush the enemy’s long-range missile and artillery means, utilized to shell the residential areas of Donbass and continue the intentional incineration of wheat fields and grain storage facilities.”
A Final Comment
On Tuesday, Iran’s Central Bank Governor, Ali Saleh Abadi, announced rial/ruble trading on the Tehran Exchange, saying:
It’s an “important step in the development of economic relations between Iran and Russia” — and a move to eliminate dollar transactions altogether.
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