Russia-Iran Relations on the Modern Stage

The project is intended to examine the current state of Russia-Iran relations including the dynamics of political and economic bilateral cooperation as well as prospects and opportunities for joints efforts in solution of the Caspian, Central Asia, Caucasus, Middle East and Southeast Asia problems. The project aims at analyzing Russian and Iranian interests together with possible formats and areas of collaboration. The analytical work will result in preparation of recommendations and measures to advance bilateral cooperation.



  • Meeting of RIAC members and experts with the Federation Council senators to discuss a new agenda for Russian-Iranian Relations on November 19, 2013 in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
  • Roundtable "A New Agenda for Russian-Iranian Relations", January 2014, Moscow

The RIAC project is executed by scholars of RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, Russian Institute of Peoples' Friendship, MFA Diplomatic Academy, RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Institute of Strategic Studies and Analysis, Center for Energy and Security Studies, and business representatives.

13 march 2017

Russia-Iran Partnership: an Overview and Prospects for the Future

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

The Report is prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in partnership with the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS) as part of the project “Russia-Iran Relations on the Modern Stage”. The goal of the publication is to present the views of Russian and Iranian experts on the main areas of RussiaIran cooperation, to reveal the commonality and differences in their approaches to common threats and challenges. The Report discusses Russian and Iranian vision of global governance and role of great powers, cooperation in the Middle East region, Central Asia and Afghanistan, trade and economic relations, common transport projects and interaction in international organizations such as SCO, EAEU, SREB initiative etc.

19 january 2017

Judging the Effects: The Shaping Iranian Perspective on JCPOA and Trump's Options

Abdolrasool Divsallar PhD Candidate of Political Science/Iranian Issues at University of Tehran, Research Fellow at Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies

The second year of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action implementation is marked with serious uncertainty about its future. Critics in Tehran call the agreement ineffective and Trump considers it to be a historically bad negotiation. But as election days in Tehran approach, it's becoming more important to have a look at Iranian perspective on JCPOA. Iranian Public opinion positively reacted to JCPOA. This article is an inside view to provide a better understanding on how Iranian perception of JCPOA is shaping.

24 february 2016

Iran — Heart of Regional Crossroads

On the 26th of February, 2016 Iranians will vote for a 290-member Parliament and an 88-member Assembly of Experts — one of the most important national political events. Will this vote have an influence on the relations with the Western countries? Is Iran capable of fixing falling oil prices or Iranian oil will make matters worse? How will Iran’s role in the regional security framework change? These and other questions are tackled in an expert interview with Mahmood Shoori, member of the scientific council of Institute of Iran and Eurasia Studies (IRAS).

03 february 2016

Iran Is Making a Comeback

Vladimir Sazhin PhD in History, RAS Institute of Oriental Studies

Less than a month has passed since the provisions of the Iran nuclear deal were put in force and the sanctions against the country lifted. And Hassan Rouhani has wasted no time in developing Iran’s ties with the outside world, first welcoming the President of the People’s Republic of China on his official visit to Tehran and then setting off on a European tour himself. Now free from the burden of the sanctions, Iran, whose economy almost collapsed entirely in 2012, does not want to lose any more time and is determined to expand cooperation with its international partners.

24 november 2015

Battle for Iran – No Hope from Intergovernmental Agreements

In the current extremely complicated international situation, Russia has to look for new trade partners. However, it is well known that the new is often the well-forgotten old. On November 23, 2015, President Vladimir Putin paid a state visit to Tehran, where Russia and Iran will seal numerous trade and industrial agreements and projects that are aimed at expanding and strengthening trade between the two countries. The visit has been preceded by many days of work carried out by various intergovernmental commissions in Russia and Iran, as well as by national companies seeking broader access to the Iranian market. Below, Alexander Sharov, Director of Rusiranexpo State Corporation, speaks about the visit and the potential of bilateral economic relations.

05 october 2015

The Economics of the Iranian Nuclear Deal: Russian and GCC Perspectives

Gurgen Gukasian Senior researcher at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS, associate professor at People’s Friendship University of Russia

Abdulaziz AlDoseri Assistant researcher at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)

In July 2015, the P5 + 1 countries reached a deal on the Iranian nuclear program and on the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran. This important development in Middle Eastern strategy led to extensive commentary from many different stakeholders, including the governments of the United States, Israel, Iran, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This report aims to remedy this communication gap by providing readers with Russian and GCC perspectives on the issue, as delivered by researchers specializing in strategic issues in the Gulf.

01 september 2015

Iran + Russia = Reset?

Soon after breaking free from the shackles of economic sanctions in July, Tehran proposed a Free Trade Area (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a recent brainchild of Russian foreign policy. We met with Alexander Knyazev, Senior Research Fellow at the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, to discuss how Moscow can combine cooperation with Iran with its Eurasian integration efforts.

31 august 2015

Iran — a Stumbling Block for Russia and the Gulf Countries?

Elena Melkumyan Doctor of Political Science, Expert at the Institute of Oriental studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Oriental Studies in the Russian State University for Humanities

Andrei Derbenev PhD in Political Science, Andrew Derbenev is a Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and an Associate Professor in Moscow State Pedagogical University

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)

In May 2015, the Russian government removed political and legal barriers to the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran, paving the way for a commercial agreement and subsequent delivery. Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Iranian and Western views regarding this decision. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this key development due to the nascent nature of relations between the two. This report aims to remedy this communication lacuna.

16 july 2015

Iran’s Nuclear Milestone

A few days ago, the world was witnessing history in the making, as the P5+1 and Iran managed to reach an historical agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. And while world leaders are now expressing their concerns about the document’s shortcomings, albeit in a restrained way, the political will and efforts of the parties, not to mention the result of these many years of negotiations, should not be underestimated. Anton Khlopkov, Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies, offers his opinion on the matter.

15 july 2015

The Iran Deal: A Template for Russia?

Salvatore Babones Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Policy, the University of Sydney

On July 14 Iran and its P5+1 negotiating partners agreed a "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" to resolve western concerns over the goals of Iran's nuclear programs. The deal marks the end of 36 years of western sanctions on Iran. Western sanctions may not succeed in Russia as they have succeeded in Iran. But Russians should be prepared to face a similar pattern of sanctions, if nothing else then as a worst-case scenario.