Russia and Iran: Comrades in contradiction, Pesian Dreams by John Walker
Asia Times Online / Ian Chesley

The conclusion one draws from all this is that Iran and Russia have had decades of practice at balancing interests and acting pragmatically on the most important issues. What George W Bush-era Americans might perceive as hopeless confusion and self-contradiction, in fact represents a very calculating form of realism, exercised with patience and flexibility, even if perfect consistency was rarely achieved.

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