Israeli Threats Drive Iran Toward SCO Military Alliance

Iran pins hopes on Russia in its SCO bid

MOSCOW, February 16 (RIA Novosti) – Iran expects to receive the backing of Russia, which holds the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in its bid for full membership of the organization, Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday. Continue reading

Iranian leader calls financial crisis payback for West’s ‘crimes’

TEHRAN, October 15 (RIA Novosti) – The current global financial crisis is payback for the West’s “crimes” and “aggressive” policies, Iran’s president said on Wednesday.

“Economic problems in Western countries have surfaced because of their crimes. The West has for centuries pursued colonialist, aggressive policies, seizing other nations’ riches,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, speaking in Iran’s northern province of Gilan.

Ahmadinejad said the most recent example of the West’s colonialist policies was the “American invasion of Iraq,” referring to the 2003 U.S.-led campaign to “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction” that toppled Saddam Hussein. The oil-rich Middle East state has since plunged into sectarian and ethnic violence. Continue reading