(WSJ) DUBAI—By entering the Syrian war, Russia has joined hands with Iran in trying to rescue President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But is this a durable alliance—or just a temporary convergence of interests that may implode as the conflict progresses?
Militarily, Russia’s air power, signals intelligence and advanced weapons perfectly complement the ground troops and human intelligence provided by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. […]
“The deal provided for Iran getting out of the cold, opening for business, and Moscow was due to lose its position of a privileged partner,” explained Pavel Baev, a professor at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo and a former Soviet academic. “The Syrian adventure has reconstituted and reformatted the partnership—but it doesn’t signify an essential compatibility of security interests.”
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