Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

Understanding the Revitalization of Russian-Iranian Relations

Nikolay Kozhanov

May 2015

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The intensity of Moscow’s current contact with Tehran is unprecedented in Russia’s post-Soviet history. Both the Russian and Iranian authorities are determined to create a solid foundation for bilateral dialogue, and their dedication to deepening ties is largely determined by their geopolitical interests. Yet despite the potential for improvement, there are serious obstacles that may hamper or even halt cooperation.