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Russia, Iran in dispute over Syria

Vladimir Putin and Ali Khamenei
Iran is expected to get into a dispute with Russia soon over two main issues related to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and the ceasefire decision in Aleppo.

The recent decision taken by Russia and Turkey to stop fighting in eastern Aleppo will widen the gap between Tehran and Moscow in the coming period, an expert in Iranian affairs expected.

Also, Tehran sees Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad staying in power as a "redline", while Moscow does not oppose the idea of removing Assad from power if it will help solve the Syrian crisis, Asaad Haidar said.

These two issue will undoubtedly prompt Russia to look for a way to exit from the Syrian dilemma.

Russia is also confident that Iranian militias managed to defeat Syrian revolutionists only after Russian warplanes started their air raids on the Syrian cities, the expert noted.

Iran raided Syria and Iraq with the aim of extending its regional influence, while Russia sought to take control of Syria to put an end to the US dominance over the Middle East region, he concluded.

Two weeks ago, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power directly confronted Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies during a UN Security Council meeting with a fierce address.

"To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes. Your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever tightening noose," Power said.

The war in Syria has gone on for over five years and has claimed the lives of more than a quarter of a million people.

It is being fought between soldiers who support the Syrian president and a group of revolutionists, who don't want him to be in power anymore.
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