Did Russia's Iranian Energy Deal Kill Four Birds With One Stone?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,

Russia’s gargantuan $30 billion energy deal with Iran simultaneously accomplished four objectives that are central to the grand strategic goals behind Moscow’s “Ummah Pivot”...

Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin announced that his company signed a roadmap to invest the mind-numbingly large sum of $30 billion in the Iranian energy sector following his and President Putin’s visit to the Islamic Republic to hold three-way talks with Azerbaijan. This masterstroke of energy diplomacy wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for Trump scaring Western investors away from Iran and pushing the country closer towards Russia as a result, which totally reversed the intended dynamic of the Obama Administration that sought to reorient Iran in the opposite direction through the multiple concessions that it offered up through the summer 2015 nuclear deal. Russia’s foreign policy “progressives” are indeed making rapid progress in advancing their 21st-century grand strategic goal of positioning Moscow as the supreme balancing force in the Eurasian supercontinent, and this is in turn accelerating the global transition to a Multipolar World Order.

In order to appreciate just how profoundly significant of a geostrategic move Moscow made this week, one needs to look no further than the four objectives that were immediately advanced through the Russian-Iranian energy roadmap:

Unveiling A Trans-Azeri Pipeline

Russia intends to build a trans-Azeri pipeline to Iran, which will not only strengthen bilateral Russian-Iranian relations and their trilateral expansion with Azerbaijan, but also importantly demonstrates the success of the recent Russian-Azeri rapprochement over the past year. Moscow views Baku as an integrationist in the sense that it’s facilitating Russia and China’s supercontinental goal of linking the landmass closer together, while traditional Russian “ally” Armenia is seen as a Western-leaning obstructionist that’s suddenly become a wayward partner.

It shouldn’t be interpreted as coincidental that this new energy-driven milestone in Russian-Azeri relations occurred just weeks before the planned signing of Armenia’s “Comprehensive And Enhanced New Agreement” with the EU. The dichotomy of Azerbaijan moving closer to Russia at precisely the same moment that Armenia drifts towards the West is expected to have serious implications for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process because it suggests that Moscow might more solidly support Baku’s preferred solution to this conflict in line with international law while the West (influenced to a strong degree by the powerful US-based Armenian lobby) might back Yerevan’s continued occupation of the region.

Starting The South Asian Stream

The other important outcome of this trilateral summit is that Russia also announced that it intends to build a tristate pipeline between Iran, Pakistan, and India, which the author recently remarked might signify that Russia has been successful in getting India to downscale its support for Baloch terrorism against Pakistan due to New Delhi’s newfound self-interest in this transnational region’s stability because of “South Asian Stream”. If successful with this strategy, then Moscow could prove that it’s indeed the only balancing force capable of sustaining stability in the Mideast-South Asian pivot region because of the influence that Russia is still capable of wielding in “moderating” the pro-Western pivot that India’s embarked on in recent years.

Neutralizing Iran As A European Competitor

In line with the abovementioned strategy that the Obama Administration had for gently co-opting Iran and its “moderate”-led government into the Western fold, a large part of the vision had to do with using Western investments to eventually transform the country into a formidable competitor to Russia in the European marketplace. That entire blueprint has now been neutralized because of Trump’s aggression against the Islamic Republic and the “rescue mission” that Russian energy investments are now engaged in to “save” the Iranian economy from the US’ anti-Iranian bullying of its Western partners (despite the President’s public denial thereof) and what appear to be impending sectoral sanctions against its resource sector. Under these circumstances, which are setting into motion reformatted years-long strategies by all sides, it’s all but impossible for the US to ever “guide” Iran in the direction of becoming a serious competitor to Russia’s marketplace position in Europe, thereby averting this scenario.

Reassuring Tehran About The Russian-Saudi Rapprochement

Finally, Iran had every reason to be concerned about the Russian-Saudi rapprochement if its decision makers viewed it from a “zero-sum” Neo-Realist angle, even though Moscow’s intent behind it had always been about forging a win-win solution for retaining state-to-state peace in the Mideast, but all of those fears were put to rest after the announcement about Rosneft’s $30 billion energy investment plans in the Islamic Republic. Tehran can now rest assured that Moscow isn’t “selling out” to the Saudis, but is indeed truly trying to balance the complex interstate relations of the Mideast, hence the very successful outcome of President Putin’s visit to Iran in proving just how successful Russia’s “Ummah Pivot” is shaping out to be.

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Green2Delta's picture

Are we ever gonna get the big table in here or do I have to go out and cut down that fucking tree myself? 

BaBaBouy's picture

For The Executive that has it all ... A Fart-All-You-Want Table ~

Juggernaut x2's picture

The US,  South Vietnam, the Viet Cong and the N Vietnamese negotiating teams bickered for over 3 weeks over the shape and seating order at the outset of the Paris Peace Talks in January of 1969 before agreeing to the Russian Ambassador to France's proposal that everyone be seated at a round table so that no one would be perceived as having the upper hand

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Actually 'Multipolar World Order' sounds very good to the ear, kind of like the Tchaikovsky's music :)


BobEore's picture

Now HEAR THIS - star-bellied & yellow bellied Sneetches!

THERE IS NO _ |MULTIPOLAR WORLD ORDER| //NOT now... or ever in the future...

it' a MEME. Like a hundred others before it... generated for the same purpose - lulling you into somnolent complacency at your own TERMINATION...

by the same operators. I do not care, at this point, whether you WAKE THE PHUCK UP from your MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR... BUT I do wish to set the record straight.

There is ONLY a forthcoming paxSionista... now arranged and ready to perform... a soul lobotomy on youse and yourz.

now: READ THIS POST SIDE BY SIDE WITH - http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-05/israel-begins-largest-ever-aeri...

and read them BOTH as if... your moronic lives depend upon it. Cause they pretty much do. IN ACCORDANCE WITH ... the laws of kabbalist majic... THEY ... have given you all the info you would be needing - were you awake to your peril...

so as to understand why ol Bob never tires of extending the helping hand no others will now lend you... never gets put off by the abusive tirades of the IN HOUSE & EXTERNAL sockpuppets of the $moneypower... who represent now MORE THAN HALF of all alleged |commentators| here.

Bob knows that you know you are fucked. But Bob is a rare bird of unknown plumage - a realistic optimist who has learned to NEVER underestimate the ability of the HUMAN SOUL to rise up and defeat the designs of its' main enemies...

which as I also never tire of pointing out... happens to be talmudic kabbalist frankist sabbatean enthno-supremacism.

chew on that snack... between your sips of foolaid and cyanide-laced 'popcorn.'

see youse on the other thread sockpuppets... you in deeeep shit now!

Sparkey's picture

Hey Bob, were you Whaleee in another incarnation? Where is Wahleee I sure miss that Dude!

Koba the Dread's picture

Shades of King Arthur and his round table.

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

Its actually a viewing window for the shark tank and the rugs under the chairs are to hide the trap doors.

Justin Case's picture

Sounds like merica will be workin on demonizing Iran (again) to keep Russians out of a deal.Turning up the heat on Russia,China and now Iran. Don't drop the ball on Syria Donald. Bibi will be upset for sure.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

I think it's the petrodollar bankers that don't like Iran.  They rule the world for now.  How much longer with the PetroYuan coming is a good question.  But I still would have a hard time sleeping at night if I crossed them.   Fucking killed Kennedy they did and all out in the open like then lied to our faces boldly. Fuck damn it's a shit world we live in.

HRClinton's picture

You seen to have things... well in hand?

Plan A: down with Yoga pants, and do what must be done.

Plan B: ID and get new pair of Yoga pants

Offthebeach's picture

Kennedy, taking over from Eisenhower,  loved killing Heads of State, Diem brothers, Castro....Goes around, comes around.

Anyways, nice of the Mullahs and Putie to bring more oil to market, lowering the cost.  I suppose they'll make it up on volume.

Nexus789's picture

Coincidence that the Saudi headchoppers are making a really big deal about the recent missle from the Yemen. 

Jambo Mambo Bill's picture

So Russia and China are building bridges and exporting technology...

The US in the other hand likes to blow-up infrastructure and export weapons creating chaos...

I wonder whose strategy will pay off later...

Justin Case's picture

The country with the most gold.

BaBaBouy's picture

Yup, Goldie ...

G7 Despises It, The rest of the World buying as much as they can ...

qomolangma's picture

PLUS enuff weaponry to defend those golds from another loot & rape :-)

qomolangma's picture

PLUS enuff weaponry to defend those golds from another loot & rape :-)

HRClinton's picture

The ME and Asia have had enough of "American Liberation Theology".

Enough of the Destruction. Time for Construction. 

By being the Honest Broker and Value-added cum Indispensable Middleman, Russia has positioned itself for a better future for all. All but the US MIC and Banksters. Gee, I wonder what these people will pick: peace & construction, or war & destruction? 

New lyrics to an old 60s song...

"We've had enough of your war machine, giving us a Ghetto scene"

just the tip's picture

it's about time someone figured that out..

they've been killing each other in that region for gawd knows what reason for 5000 years.

and it's all the US fault.

francis scott falseflag's picture

If you don't blow things up, you can't overcharge to rebuild them,  Duh.

joego1's picture

The real reason for the global warming push- U.S. is energy no longer the main oil broker in the world.

ptolemy_newit's picture

TRy to follow the money


The real reason for ME destruction, “it’s NOT for oil or gas pipe lines”!

Islamic finance and economy has some admirable trades (in a nutshell: stimulating Productive Capitalism and repressing Financial Capitalism and not the other way around as the mainstream development in the Global West).

Is the Islamic view on finance and economy not just a preference for Productive Capitalism and a statement against Financial Capitalism? Or is the Western economy and finance just too heavy influenced/poisoned by looting principles: as it facilitates a drain from the real economy towards the financial economy. And: Is draining the real economy a good/smart concept? Yet that’s just what Financial Capitalism does. As it widens the wealth gap within economies/societies.

The Islamic finance and economic models are interesting, they even could be better than those that currently are destroying/imprisoning the economies of the Global West. Or more diplomatically said: The Islamic finance and economic models are delivering more the wanted output than the financial and economic model of the Global West.

Better said: the Islamic finance and economic models are delivering Productive Capitalism (with all its advantages) and prevents the rise of Financial Capitalism (with all its downsides). Therefore, are the Islamic views on finance and economy way more attractive than the Anglo-American views on finance and economy that are currently prevailed in the Global West.

DjangoCat's picture

Agreed.  Crypto currencies, especially deflationary ones like Bitcoin, cannot be part of a debt based system because it costs way more to pay back the debt when the time comes.

The ICO token sales are a very interesting replacement for debt securities and dividend paying equities.  They are equity in the fuel of the network and owners benefit directly from the success of the enterprise.  A very Islamic friendly investment system.

ptolemy_newit's picture

the following may help understand and think more about?


Multiplying Capital

– The powers behind global finance aren't capable in thinking/acting in a mutual Interest way: they're parasites that just want to loot nations of their natural resources and use the limited purchase power of these nations as foreign markets for their interests.



Not the Anglo American western view on financial deals, but a non-usury view on the financial the financial system. So, no usury and therefore no fixed percentage interest/revenue, but real risk/outcome convergence: both up and down. Not the Anglo-American view on fast fake profits, but a healthier long-term view on real profits.

So profits are only real profits if they still are profits after 5 or 10 years (quarterly/yearly profits on an on-going exposure cannot be defined as realized profit: as the real value of an exposure is not clear yet).




Solosides's picture

I know the weed here in Washington can get 4 birds stoned at once

garcam123's picture

wadda i gotta due to get a poung to san diego?  I live in the land of BUNK.....Mexico!  serious as a fuckin heart nattack!


Solosides's picture

Dude, your on the west coast. If you're not able to get local pesticide/chemical free topshelf for >$1,500 lb, you're doing something very wrong.

louie1's picture

Israel has destroyed the US

HRClinton's picture

I know what you mean, but...

It's Israel's Imperial Zionist regimes (Likudniks and criminal oligarchs) that have destroyed the US. 

Most of their population is just trying to go about their lives, just like we do in the US, despite of NY and DC.

See the difference? 

ptolemy_newit's picture



cnn, hollywood and US justice department are       proof of corporate racketeering!             yes the USA Justice Departent has been comprimised.


It’s not the game, that’s just another nail!   it’s the comprehensive destruction of America

In 8 months American corporate racketeers and international oligarchs decided to:

  • ·        Destroy 50 years of social integration
  • ·        Freeze left / right party lines
  • ·        Mocked American History
  • ·        Controlled the justice system imperatives
  • ·        Branded a foreign trading partner as a cold war enemy
  • ·        Lied to every age group in every society


Are there no patriots, only about 150 to kill the rest will run, It looks so easy in Hollywood, just start there.


francis scott falseflag's picture

The destruction of America began over 50 years ago.


But like the infamous rasPUTIN, it's taking it's time dying.  I've got better

things to do than wait around for its death rattle.  


Wait, what was that?  I JUST HEARD SOMETHING.  DID YOU?

Mimir's picture

I think the US is destroying itself all alone.

Youri Carma's picture

The U.S. us so good at backstabbing that it alienated all it's allies it had left.

ImpliedVol's picture

In Soviet Russia 4 birds is kill 1 stone.

IDESofMARCH's picture

How much proof does US need that P. Trump is a F!?!n idiot.  CanaDAHH, G7, and EU US puppets are  No match to Putin.

IDESofMARCH's picture

How much proof does US need that P. Trump is a F!?!n idiot.  CanaDAHH, G7, and EU US puppets are  No match to Putin.

uhland62's picture

But the yanks bagged Montenegro and Armenia. I hope the New World Order performs there because disappointed Montenegrins and Armenians are not nice people. Anyway, this gas deal  is more important than Armenia and Montenegro. 

francis scott falseflag's picture

The Yanks bagged Armena the way they bagged Vietnam.

In the State Department's Dreams. 

DjangoCat's picture

Why do you think that US/NATO world domination is a good idea?  Why do you think you will be more prosperous or freer because of it.  We see exactly the opposite developing with the rise of the deep state, the criminal banking system and the rigged politics of the west.

A more balanced world would be a benefit, not a loss.


RedDwarf's picture

Russia is rapidly cementing it's influence in the region.  It is far closer to them and the USA, so it is much cheaper and efficient for them to project force there than for the USA, and they have a better understanding of the region and are more trusted.

You've lost NeoCons.

gmj's picture

$30 billion is not so mind-numbing.  Putin spent $50 billion on the Sochi olympics, which is like flushing money down the toilet.

Royotoyo's picture

I take it you've never been to Sochi.  Most of that money was spent building a world class winter resort, almost from scratch.  I mean electricity generation, sewer systems, the works.  The money wasted on the olympics themselves amounted to only a few billion.  Also, a large portion of that budget was spent on something else entirely that needed to be shielded from prying eyes, likely something related to defense, the military or intelligence services.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Like you know what flushing money down the toilet is like.  Bah.

Aussiekiwi's picture

I see they have little mic's to talk to their colleagues across the other side of the table, nothing says 'made it' like needing a microphone to talk across the table, or 'brain dead', depends upon your point of view..

uhland62's picture

I reckon, this was arranged for the photo. There would have been other negotiators and translators at the table. 

It's not the best of times for the US, they have various ways of isolating themselves. Now the EU (ultimately US and NATO) are taking over Armenia. They will have to take African refugees, but they are not intelligent to see that now.

20 years of independence, thrown away so easily, sad. 

LoveTruth's picture

In US it is the white man that gets killed with four stones thrown at him by the- gay gang, the libs, the feminists, and the self hating whites. Whites now are only 62% in US, and keep shrinking in number...... but it is racist to say that in the media and in public. 

francis scott falseflag's picture

Not a very interesting comment.

DEMIZEN's picture

this is big no doubt and there is more to it. it gives iranian port access to central asian countries.