Russia's relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran has been decades in the making, one that has been fuelled primarily by Moscow and Tehran's inherent hatred of the West and the two countries' mutual obsession with the carving out spheres of influence aimed at countering the United States' reach in areas that the Kremlin and Iran's mullahs consider culturally or historically a part of their own backyard.
As tensions have built up to their worst levels since the Cold War, Russian President ...


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