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Axis of Equals: Russia, Iran Hope to Put a Stop to Western Hegemony

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's working trip to Iran - Sputnik International
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Both Moscow and Tehran are acting in a multi-polar world, rather than a uni-polar system of Western hegemony, according to Ghoncheh Tazmini, a political scientist at the London Middle East Institute.

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In an interview with Sputnik, Ghoncheh Tazmini, a political scientist and an Associate Member of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute, said that Russia and Iran are developing relations in a multi-polar world, rather than a uni-polar world order based on Western hegemony in the region.

The interview came as Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in the framework of Putin's current visit to Tehran.

Tazmini has expressed hope that the two countries would continue to boost ties in many sectors of mutual interest.

"Most importantly, there would be coordination on an array of strategic issues, including those related to the aerospace field and the Syrian conflict," she said.

Separately, Tazmini focused on Tehran's role in combating the Islamic State.

"Iran has been at war with ISIL and jihadist forces for many years," she said, adding that Tehran "is already fighting Islamic State militants on the ground."

Tazmini stressed that that other countries should also contribute to destroying ISIL and that  the issue should be resolved on a global level.

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Later on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he held what he touted as "substantial talks" with the Iranian leadership at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran.

During the talks, the two leaders discussed the Syrian issue and anti-terrorism measures, and agreed to unite and coordinate their efforts on both issues.

They also agreed to boost bilateral trade, economic cooperation, and to develop a number of joint energy projects, including those involving the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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