Putin Eyes Mideast Role for Russia

Having left the Iran nuclear deal in early May, the Trump administration’s Iranian policy is taking shape. On May 22, in comments at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated that the US is already re-imposing harsh sanctions against Iran and has demanded that it leave Syria. Just a few days ago, he confirmed that a Russia-US summit is on the horizon.

Ties between Washington and Moscow are currently frayed by US allegations of Russian tampering in our presidential election. Cold War talk is rampant in Washington. Nevertheless, Russia, the US and Israel have converging interests – removing Iran from Syria, preventing Iranian hegemony in the region and thwarting Tehran’s efforts to export Islamism.

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