The Kremlin has found a new ally to confront the United States, — WSJ

Russia uses the expansion and strengthening of trade and military ties with Iran to counter the sanctions pressure from the West, writes columnist for The Wall Street Journal Benoit Fokon.

The desire of Western sanctions to isolate Russia from the rest of the world pushing the Kremlin to expand the scope to work with allies. Strengthen trade and military ties between Russia and Iran causing concern in the United States, said the author. In Washington believe that such cooperation will help to mitigate the impact of sanctions on Moscow and Tehran have new markets.

“In July, Iran has become the world’s largest buyer of Russian wheat. In the same month, Russia has launched into space the Iranian satellite that was a rare success for the space program of Tehran,” wrote Fokon.

In addition, he drew attention to the joint exercises with drones. The author also pointed to the growth of trade turnover between the two countries.

Western countries have imposed against Moscow with new sanctions after the beginning of the special operation of the Russian army’s demilitarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine. So, was frozen Russian reserves amounting to about $ 300 billion. Also became louder sound calls to abandon Russian energy. In addition, the domestic market started to leave the Western company.

This violation of the supply chain has led to economic problems in Europe and the United States primarily to higher prices for food and fuel.

The Kremlin has called the sanctions economic war, the like of which was not. The authorities stressed their readiness to such a development and assured that he will continue to fulfill social obligations. The Central Bank takes measures to stabilize the situation on the currency market. Also, the authorities transferred the payment for gas unfriendly countries in rubles. In addition, the government has prepared a plan to counter the limitations, including about hundreds of initiatives. The volume of investments will amount to about a trillion rubles.