ISTANBUL — As U.S. influence wanes across the Middle East, Iran and Russia have joined forces to expand their power in the region, strengthening political and diplomatic ties and stepping up joint military operations in Syria.
In a sign of the closer relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is slated to travel Monday to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is expected to be Rouhani’s last major trip before he faces reelection in May.
Together, the two countries have fought Syrian rebels, sidelined the United States from regional diplomacy and embraced each other as bulwarks against the West.
The investigation into the shooting inside a crowded Cincinnati night club that killed one and wounded 15 others early Sunday morning will take a long time, said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
In a rare show of force, thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow and other cities in the biggest anti-government protests in years.
In Moscow, police arrested hundreds of demonstrators, including prominent Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny, who orchestrated the uprising.
Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Adam Schiff, the two top congressional Democratic leaders on government intelligence, on Sunday were supportive of calls for an independent commission to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
“I do think the events of this week call out the need for an independent commission quite separate and apart from what we do in Congress,” said Schiff on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Schiff first called for such a probe on Twitter on Saturday.
TEHRAN – Iran has blacklisted 15 American companies for backing Israeli crimes and terrorism two days after Washington imposed bans on nearly a dozen foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that these companies have directly and/or indirectly collaborated with the Israeli regime in committing its savage crimes in occupied Palestine, thrown their weight behind the regime’s terrorist acts or contributed to the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories in flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, according to the official website of the ministry.
How does the latest US decision to impose sanctions against eight more Russian companies play into the Trump administration’s promise to improve relations with Moscow? RT spoke with experts.
The restrictive measures were introduced against such companies as Russia’s main weapons exporter Rosobornexport and Aviaexport over their alleged violation of US non-proliferation law concerning Iran, North Korea, and Syria.
The restrictions will not cause any serious problems for the country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
The billionaire’s election victory has highlighted the prospect he could order the US to pull out of a nuclear pact which Barack Obama signed in 2015.
Trump was very critical of the agreement which allowed Iran to have sanctions lifted on its oil and industry finance in return for the country having its nuclear program limited.
“Such a war would mean the destruction of the Zionist regime (Israel) … and will engulf the whole region and could lead to a world war.”
Bible Prophecy predicts Babylon the Great (America) Being destroyed in one hour by Russia & Iran in world war 3. Donald Trump will be the last president of the united states before the return of Jesus Christ so save the scattered 12 tribes of Israelites and saved Gentiles from destruction.