Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center | February 17, 2012
Russia hopes to gain benefits from mediating the Iran dispute. ++ Historically, there has always been conflict between Russia and Iran. ++ Due to this past animosity, the notion of Russia being Iran’s ally sounds strange to most Russians. ++ Russia views Iran as a former empire reaffirming itself as a regional player. ++ Being close neighbors, Russians do not wish to see Iranian nuclear weapons. ++ Russia believes that diplomacy and integrating Iran into the international system is the only way to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.