Published: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:21
By INU Staff
INU -Not that long ago, Iran was in a very powerful position in the Middle East after signing the 2015 nuclear deal, but now things are a changing. With protests spreading across the country and the US has pulled out of the nuclear deal, it seems more obvious that the Iranian Regime’s days are numbered.
On Monday, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki to discuss many issues, including trade, defense, and the Middle East. Their talks on the Middle East centered on Iran’s destructive role, including their interference with elections and sponsorship of terrorist acts, and how to counter it.
The US has already pulled out of the nuclear pact, to which Russia is still a part, started to reimpose sanctions, in order to put pressure on the Iranian Regime and restrict their ability to destabilise the region, and called for Iran to leave Syria, where they along with Russia are supporting dictator Bashar Assad.
It is likely that this meeting will be the beginning of the end for the Regime, with the two leaders hoping for cooperation in Syria between their troops, but making no mention of Iran, and emphasising the need to tackle Islamic terrorism, where Iran is the main beneficiary.
Iran has placed their bets of Putin’s support, even sending Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati to Russia to warn Putin against making a deal with Trump, but this does not appear to have worked.
Putin said: “We will be cooperating with the US on the war against terrorism and establishing peace.”
That’s hardly what Iran wanted to hear, but what is worse is Russia’s apparent refusal to invest $50 billion in Iran and proposals over exchanging Iranian oil for Russian goods.
Prior misfortunes for Iran Regime
This was hardly the start of Iran’s woes. as noted earlier, the Regime is facing significant problems from US sanctions, which are significantly cutting down the amount that Iran can spend destabilising Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. The heavy sanctions will come into place on August 6th and November 4th, but the Regime is already failing to control the economy.
The Regime is also suffering defeats on the ground from Yemen to Syria, but they are refusing to step back and are now fighting for survival.
Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote: “The Helsinki Summit also proves that Moscow is no longer interested in anything Tehran can offer. Putin seeks to preserve his own future interests in the Middle East and as sanctions against Iran increase, Tehran’s rulers will lack the money to maintain the Kremlin’s political and military support. As a nail in the coffin for Iran’s regime, Drumpf said US and Russian national security council representatives will be hammering out the details of Monday’s initial agreements.”
Combined with the protests, this is a disaster for Iran, but a win for its people.