H/t reader squodgy:
“If Vladimir Putin is half the man he has shown himself to be, this Iran deal with USA is only part of his game play for EU.
The nuke issue is and has always been a play, a charade, but underneath, the problems of the Russian gas restrictions, hint that this ‘agreement’ is once again a cover for giving EU back up for gas via Iran.
In theory therefore it challenges the Russo/Iran alliance, but Vlad is well aware of the game, and three moves ahead.
Iran & Russia know their friends.
– Iran Nuclear Deal: What Future Has in Store for Russo-Iranian Relations (Sputnik, July 14, 2015)
– Is the Iran Nukes Deal Aimed at Crushing Putin? (Information Clearinghouse, July 17, 2015)