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BBC HardTalk: Marandi on Vienna Nuclear Talks

University of Tehran Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi explains the JCPOA, western sanctions against Iran and Iranians as well as Iran’s response to US military threats on BBC HardTalk. Ed Note:  Listening to Dr Marandi, one can identify the tactics used in negotiations as almost exactly those that we see now in the Russia/US/NATO talks.  Iran is also insisting on verifiable guarantees, and complete removal of sanctions before considering rejoining the

Iran-Russia hit maximum strategy

Three ain’t a crowd: The Iran-Russia summit this week, concurrent with RIC military drills in the Sea of Oman, in advance of a Xi-Putin meeting in two weeks, suggests a rapidly-advancing strategic vision for the three Eurasian powers. By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and cross-posted with The Cradle The official visit to Russia by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, generated one of

The Other Side of the Story: Russia’s view on Geopolitics, War and Energy Racketeering

by Nash Landesman for the Saker Blog The following is an exclusive interview with Russian Duma deputy, Yevgeny Fyodorov, a high-ranking conservative, nationalistic lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party. He has been Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy of the State Duma and a member of the Advisory Council of the President of the Russian Federation. Below we discuss war with Ukraine, principles of sovereignty and geopolitics, the ongoing

Is there a deal being prepared behind the scenes?

I have to admit that when I heard that the US has no intention of giving the Russians anything in writing I began wondering whether it even made sense for Lavrov to fly to Geneva.  Yet, Lavrov thought otherwise and flew to the Swiss city.  The outcome?  Meh… The US wants another week to prepare a written reply.  Okay, that is some kind of result and I suppose that, considering

Opening Statements: Lavrov : Blinken : Meet in Geneva (Update)

Ed. Note:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken commence talks in Geneva. This video contains only the opening statements where the press was allowed.  At approx. time marker 6.35, the opening statements are over and there is nothing of value in the rest of the video.   The Saker Blog will continue updating here for the rest of the day and there will be

A Short-Term Geopolitical Forecast

By Dmitry Orlov and posted with the author’s permission Ever since Putin announced his demands for security guarantees from the US and NATO (in brief, stop NATO’s eastward expansion, have NATO retreat to its positions of 1997 and remove offensive weapons from Russia’s immediate vicinity) we have been subjected to a barrage of irrelevancies from Western press: • Are these security guarantees an ultimatum or a negotiating tool? • Will

The Saker blog and its ranking compared to others :-)

As I have said many many times, I don’t care one bit about the amount of people who read the Saker blog.  I do care only about the quality of the readership, not its quantity.  Simply put: I want to reach the right people.  Besides, since I have no ads, no pop-ups, no special memberships, no for pay only articles, etc.  the number of visitors also makes no difference to

Ayatollah Raisi at the State Duma of Russia

Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world based on increasing formation of a “civilised global community” As one of his travel plans to Russia, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran addressed the State Duma of Russia and stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world, especially its neighbours and allies”. The full text of President Raisi’s speech is

Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi.

Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi. The agenda included matters of bilateral cooperation, current international and regional issues, and problems with implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. January 19, 2022 18:30 The Kremlin, Moscow President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, I would like to begin by thanking you for finding the time to come to Russia in these difficult Covid times. We have been in constant contact

Moveable Feast Cafe 2022/01/20 … Open Thread

2022/01/20 05:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Mr. Xi plays Davos Man

A collective West “led” by unspeakable mediocrities looks at the Russia-China strategic partnership as if it was something like a double-headed Anti-Christ. Xi, for his part, seems not to be impressed. By Pepe Escobar: posted with permission and widely cross-posted The virtual, special address by President Xi Jinping to the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Davos Agenda exhibits all the elements of a riddle inside an enigma. At first, it certainly

“A three-move game: will it be possible to avoid zugzwang?” Sergei Ryabkov and other speakers at Valdai

On January 19 at 2:00 pm Moscow Time, the Valdai Club hosted an expert discussion dedicated to the consultations between representatives of Russia and the West on security guarantees in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna, titled “A three-move game: will it be possible to avoid zugzwang?” Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and head of the Russian delegation at these talks, attended the discussion and present his views

Yemeni Resistance strikes the heart of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Statement by Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Yahya Saree, January 17, 2022. Source: Yemeni Armed Forces Translation: Transcript: In the Name of God, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful. God the Most High said: “So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you.” [Qur’an, II, 194] God Almighty has spoken the truth. In response to the escalation of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression against Yemen,

Various items during the current interlude (OPEN THREAD)

So Russia is still waiting for the written reply from the USA to her demands.  The US promised it for next week.  As for the gazillion opinion, predictions, threats and other guesses, they consider this all has irrelevant hot air and have declared that Russia will only act on the basis of what the US written reply will say. Fair enough. Still, there are a few secondary developments which are

Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session

Forge Ahead with Confidence and Fortitude to Jointly Create a Better Post-COVID World Special Address by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China At the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session 17 January 2022 Professor Klaus Schwab, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Greetings to you all! It is my pleasure to attend this virtual session of the World Economic Forum. In two weeks’ time, China will celebrate the