posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 08:37 PM
What rocket or ballistic missile technology has Russia recently shared with Iran exactly? I am not aware of any, but I may very well be wrong.
And Russian relations with Iran have never been prefectly smooth. Russia criticized, or rather voiced common concern about Iran's militant rhetoric
and recent actions numerous times, although obviously not on the same scale as the U.S. propaganda against Iran. Russia is not a huge fan of
Ahmadinejad, but I think it sees this cooperation with Iran as a necessasity, given Russia's lost ground in Middle East since the Cold War and the
recent actions of the U.S. Russia has always been leery of Iran and Middle East in general, in part due to Cold War betrayals such as Egypt, and in
part due to issues with extremism during the Chechen wars.
Remember when Russia temporarily ceased work on the nuclear reactor in Iran several months ago? Although it was said that this was due to financial
issues, it was obviously due to some other concerns. While Russia wants to limit U.S. advances in Middle East and create difficulties for the U.S.
where possible, it is not at all interested in Iran doing something as outlandish as attacking Israel or some other U.S. ally.
Russia needs a stable, independent Iran (in terms of U.S. pressure), and strong Iran. It needs to prevent the U.S. from somehow toppling the regime
there. But it does not need Iran declaring hostile threats or waving nukes into everyone's face, because this undermines the stability factor. I
think this is the reason for Russia's recent criticism of Iran, and differences with Iran regarding the nuclear project. Very likely there is more
going on behind the scenes, and I believe that Russia is trying to pressure Iran into calming down a bit, since the threat of attack by the U.S. has
That said there is obviously something very awkward about Russia's dealing with Iran. I doubt it has to do with oil or oil prices. Russia clearly
knows more about what Iran is doing than we do here on ATS, and possibly more than U.S. knows. But if it was really sending a strong message to Iran,
why do it so publically, when Russia's recent strategy in regards to foreign policy is to go under the radar?