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Behind The Growing Rift Between Russia And Iran

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Later this month in Jerusalem, National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat to discuss the situation in Syria. According to some reports, the American and Israeli delegations will press their Russian counterparts to support efforts to limit Iranian military influence inside the country.

The Jerusalem summit comes at a time when there are growing signs of divergence between Russia and Iran. In Syria, the two countries increasingly compete for influence and lucrative government contracts. At the same time, as tensions between the United States and Iran continue to rise, Moscow is warning Tehran against retaliating for Washington exiting Iran nuclear deal by leaving the treaty as well.