Sajiad Hussain, Daily Outlook | February 4, 2009
Improving relations with Iran might not be as smooth as expected for Obama. ++ Under Russia's new security strategy, to be adopted end of February, Russia is on the way to making Iran its new strategic partner. ++ An increase in the number of nuclear engineers being sent to Tehran to work with Iranians is one of several indicators of the rapprochement. ++ This may well remove any incentive for Iran to comply with Western sanctions. ++ Will the fear of becoming Moscow's vassal hinder Tehran from fully embracing this relationship?