A Russian political scientist said Iran, Russia and Lebanon’s Hezbollah share a common stance on regional issues and particularly ongoing developments in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and the necessity to fight terrorists in those countries.
“Our response to the radical Salafi change is the same as Iranian and Hezbollah (Lebanese Resistance Movement) position. For me, it was obvious that we (Russia, Iran and Hezbollah) have the same enemies and we have the same strategic goals anywhere. We have nothing against each other. We are geopolitically and ideologically united and obliged to an alliance. Now it is clear for Moscow and for Mr. Putin that we are on the same camp with Iran and Hezbollah,” Alexander Gelyevich Dugin told the Tasnim News Agency.
“At the same time, we are on the same camp in Iraq, because we are naturally on the side of Iraqi Shiites. We have a logical alliance in Iraq,” he added.
The Russian analyst further said that Moscow also shares common views and goals with Iran and Hezbollah with respect to ongoing crises in Yemen and Bahrain.
Dugin also referred to Russia’s military engagement in Syria and said, “In Syria, we are dealing with two challenges. First of all, the most important challenge is the challenge of the United States of America trying to control its hegemonic position. So they promote Arab spring; they destroy Arab states; they support indirectly radical Islam and concentrate their efforts on the countries that are more or less friendly to Russia.”
“After this attack against Assad, that we consider legitimate president (of Syria), we received a kind of blow from the United States because they tried to organize themselves all the architecture of the Middle Eastern politics and we have responded. At the same time we are dealing there with a force that (is) serving American interests and, as well, attacking us everywhere. That is radical Islam. That is not Islam; that is Salafi-Wahhabi sect created by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and oriented against any not-pro-American forces in the region. They attack, traditionally, Arab states; they attack Shiites; they attack pro-Russian governments and they attack Russians from inside because they disseminate this kind radical-political Islam that has nothing to do with Islam and we consider that a real problem because if we had not entered in the battle in Syria, the same would have been repeated in the border of Afghanistan, in the Caucasus, in Central Asia where, more or less, the same forces are concentrated as well based on (policies of) Saudi Arabia and the United States,” he went on to say.