Russia Touts SWIFT Alternative, But Will Keep Its Members Secret

Associated Press

In Iran, Russia’s war on Ukraine is a political flash point

During its 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran embraced the protest cry of “neither East nor West,” rejecting both the U.S. and the Soviet Union, then locked in the Cold War. Russia’s war on Ukraine, however, has exposed just how much Tehran has tilted toward Moscow in recent years as the collapse of its nuclear deal with world powers stoked decades-old, hard-line anger at America. Hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi visited Russian President Vladimir Putin on one of his first trips abroad.

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