Current Events Related to Conﬂict
Resolution and Peacekeeping
By Brendan Geck. Rachel Goldman, Devon Kelly,
Liam Keane, M1ttRen/ }‘0, Joe Aronow, Kyle Biren,
Drew Hayes, Timothy Ngzlyen, Laura Vanyan
October 15. 2007
Relations between Russia and Iran
The issue of nuclear energy and
nuclear weapons in the Middle East:
How Russia's approach to Iran affects their
relationship with the West
1995 — Secret agreement between Clinton and Yeltsin
administrations that Russia will not sell weapons or military
technology to Iran
2000 — After the existence of such a secret agreement is leaked
to the public, Putin announces he does not plan to honor the
2001 — US officially warns Russia that the sale of military
equipment or technology to Iran will have "serious
ram tﬁcations "
“United We Stand”
Early 1995 — Plans to sell 4 nuclear reactor to Iran. US
Congress threatens to end all aid to Russia.
2002 - After 9/] 1, Russia begins to cultivate a closer
relationship with the US, and is open to curtailing nuclear
development aid to Iran.
Because of a lack of clear incentives, Russia and the US drift
apart again and thisfalls through
“Reactors and Weapons ”
Feb. 2005 - Russia and Iran sign deal for sale of Russian
nuclear fuel to Iran for Bushehr reactor
Nov. 2005 - Russia sells $1 billion in anti-aircraft missiles and
other weapons to Iran, which Iran intends to use to protect
major nuclear development sites
Apr. 2006 - Deputy US Secretary of State callsfor Russia to
halt weapons sales to Iran; Russian officials refuse outright
Jan. 2006 — Russia oﬂers to enrich material for Iran:
“Iran would send its uranium to Russia under such a plan. The
uranium would be enriched there and shipped back to Iran --
which would use the material to generate electricity. ”
Mar. 2006 — Iran strongly rejects Russia's proposal. Desires to
keep reactors local.
Voices of Iranian young people
Iran says it's pursuing a civilian nuclear energy program; the US.
says Iran's building nukes. Yasmin Vossoughian speaks with young
people in Iran about their thoughts on Iran's nuclear ambitions
The UN Security Council has imposed two sets of sanctions on
Iran for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment. But world powers
have agreed to put off until November efforts to seek a third set of
sanctions, to see if Iran 3' talks with the IAEA produce results.
Russia has rejected further sanctions imposed by the UN Security
Council, saying that the negotiation process has not been exhausted
and that there is no proof that Tehran is pursuing a nuclear
This last Friday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice, saying unilateral sanctions and the
threat of military action against Iran hamper negotiations with
Tehran on its nuclear program.
Upcoming visit of Putin to Iran is ﬁrst Russian visit since Soviet
dictator Josef Stalin went in I 94 3
“Islamic Coalition Party member Hamid-Reza T araqi stated,
'Cooperation and interaction with Russia will increase Iran ’s
security, and reduce U. S. inﬂuence in the region’ because Tehran
and Moscow are both opposed to the US. plan to build more
military bases in the region. " —Tehran Times
Putin: “We have no real data to claim that Iran is pursuing nuclear
weapons, which makes us believe the country has no such plans.
But we agree that Iran's programs must be transparent”