Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) speaks with Ali Akbar Velayati (2nd L), foreign policy advisor to Iran supreme leader, during a meeting at the Novo-Ogarevo residence, outside Moscow, on July 12, 2018.

Hamidreza Azizi

Iran’s Maneuvers to Protect Its Interests in Syria

The Finnish capital, Helsinki, turned into the main center for international diplomacy July 16 by hosting a long-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, as Iran and Syria topped the agenda of the two presidents’ discussions at the summit, Tehran was trying to adapt its Syrian strategy by sending special envoys to Moscow and Damascus.   Five days prior to the meeting, on July 11, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ...