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Washington’s Tool Box Is Empty When It Comes to Russia & Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shake hands after a meeting in Moscow on March 28. A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal indicated that “the Trump administration is exploring ways to break Russia’s military and diplomatic alliance with Iran,” but analyst Nikolay Pakhomov argues that this objective is unattainable for the foreseeable future. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

A piece in the Wall Street Journal not too long ago indicated that the Trump White House is grappling with a thorny foreign policy dilemma – namely, how to disrupt the strong bond between Russia and Iran. One can safely bet, however, that this objective is unattainable for the foreseeable future.
 
For Washington to achieve such a diplomatic goal, it would need to offer one of the two allies – most likely Russia – incentives that would make it worthwhile for it to forsake the other. Even assuming that Washington is eager to pursue such an option, there is nothing American officials can put forth that would be sufficient for Russia to abandon Iran.

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Nikolay Pakhomov is an analyst focused on Eurasian affairs, and is president of the New York Consulting Bureau.

Washington’s Tool Box Is Empty When It Comes to Russia & Iran

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