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Russia and Iran not as close as they pretend

When Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi recently posed for a photo shoot with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the top-level conference in Moscow was a bilateral “turning point,” a “new chapter,” and even more. Was overwhelmed by the state media as a “diplomatic victory”.

However, a closer look at the optics reveals that it is still diplomatically wrong to say nothing. A critical observer at the January 19 meeting said Raishi’s arrival at the Kremlin was not received by an honorary guard worthy of his position as a foreign leader.

The flags of both countries were not placed in the conference room. The same observer pointed out that Putin rarely meets with government leaders and may even violate diplomatic rituals. Also, there was no joint press conference after the meeting. The meeting was held at a long table physically separated from the leader and lasted only 15 minutes.



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