The landmark deal struck in Geneva last week aiming to grant Iran sanctions relief is perhaps as much a victory for Tehran as it is for Moscow. Russia emerged as a strong voice in the P5+1 negotiations in favor of relaxing the sanctions and ultimately got what it wanted.
Supporting Assad in Syria
Shared antipathy towards the Taliban
Although Russia has supported sanctions against Iran in the past, these decisions also reflected its self-interestAnna Borshchevskaya