By Damir Nazarov

Multipolar strategy of Iran

January 27, 2019 - 21:27

Mohammad Ghaderi, chief editor of the Tehran Times, says Iran and Russia can establish strategic partnership in the multipolar world.

Following is the text of his interview with Ghaderi posted on

Q: Do you think American sanctions on Iran have succeeded or not?

A: Definitely not. Of course, we need to examine this issue at two levels: the first level of short impact and the second-level of lasting impact. Accordingly, there may be pressure on the people and the Iranian government for a time, but ultimately what is the main purpose of the United States in imposing sanctions would not be met. The reason for this is clear: America has been hostile to the Iranian nation for 40 years, but the Islamic Republic of Iran has been getting stronger and the voice of the Islamic Revolution has gained more influence in the world's public opinion every day.

Q: Is the EU independent in dialogue with the Islamic Republic?

A: The answer to this question is also clear: definitely not. Of course, the important point that should be clarified here is: Europe can’t be independent or unwilling? In my opinion, some European countries want independence from the United States, but they can’t, since they have accepted America's hegemony for many years, and everything has become American. Some other European countries do not essentially want to be independent from the United States. As far as negotiations with Iran are concerned, in my opinion, the EU can’t decide independently, because of the widespread influence of the United States on the infrastructure of decision-making in Europe and because of their high level political and economic relations. Of course, it should be noted that Europe is losing ground because the United States, particularly Donald Trump, don't want a united powerful Europe; they prefer collapse of united Europe in order to be able to assert themselves as the only supreme power in the world.

Q: Western propaganda machine every day releases rumors about "China threat", but there is no proof about Chinese expansion. What do you think about that?

A: This is natural. As it sees the Islamic Revolution of Iran as its ideological enemy, the United States also sees China its commercial and political enemy. In other words, the United States wants to be the premier hegemon in the world and does not endure any competitor to achieve this goal. So, with negative propaganda, it tries to convey a bad image of its competitors to the world's public opinion, similar to what it used against communism.

Q: Iran and Russia have good cooperation in Syria. How do you think that "cooperation" can serve as a potential in other areas?

A: Yes, Sure. I think that Russia and Iran can have strategic partnership for many reasons. I mean, there are a lot of points of contact between the two countries that can provide the basis for these partnerships, so some issues should not preclude such cooperation. The example of cooperation in Syria is good evidence that the two countries together can play a very effective role in international developments and prevent Western interference.