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June 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Trucks carried aid into earthquake-stricken Iran on Saturday from Soviet Azerbaijan, which observed a day of mourning for victims, the official Tass news agency said. President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sent his condolences to the Iranian leadership, and the Soviet Red Cross dispatched a plane carrying rescue workers and aid. In his message to Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, Gorbachev expressed his "deep condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the earthquake."
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February 23, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT and MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The surprise peace proposal unveiled by the Kremlin on Thursday was in fact a joint effort by the Soviet Union and Iran--a diplomatic odd-coupling of two of Washington's oldest foes with potential consequences that stretch well beyond the war in the Persian Gulf. The extraordinary cooperation between Moscow and Tehran was brought on by a shared anxiety over U.S. diplomatic gains and long-term intentions in the Persian Gulf.
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December 4, 1988 | From Reuters
Iran, which has expressed interest in improved ties with the Soviet Union, is sending a high-level delegation to Moscow today, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported Saturday.
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February 5, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr. and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Hashemi Rafsanjani of Iran offered Monday to try to mediate an end to the war between Iraq and American-led forces in the Persian Gulf, declaring that he is willing to meet personally with Saddam Hussein. But the Iranian leader said he had found no Iraqi flexibility during talks he concluded Sunday in Tehran with a special emissary from Baghdad.
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August 8, 1989 | From Reuters
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said Monday that Iran is showing a new realism in its attitude toward the Afghan conflict, and he expressed hope that Pakistan will join negotiations for a settlement. He told the Afghan news agency Bakhtar that Iran, which like Pakistan has provided bases for thousands of Muslim rebels, has adopted a "wholly positive attitude" on the problem of Afghanistan.
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August 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Soviet diplomat on Sunday said Moscow has joined in the flurry of diplomatic maneuvering to try to free Western hostages held by Shiite extremists who continue to insist that Israel release a Muslim cleric it seized. The Soviet ambassador in Beirut, Vasily I. Kolotusha, said in a statement issued Sunday that "efforts to settle the hostage issue have been essentially pushed forward."
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August 3, 1989 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
In a dramatic test of new Soviet-American contacts aimed at combatting terrorism, the United States has asked the Kremlin for its help in determining the status of American and other Western hostages held by militant Muslims in Lebanon, informed sources said here Wednesday. The request, which follows the reported killing of an American hostage Monday and a threat to kill another one today, was made at a hastily called meeting Wednesday between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.
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August 11, 1989
An official Iraqi newspaper, referring to Soviet military assistance to Iran, warned that Tehran might restart the Persian Gulf War. "Do the rulers in Tehran intend to launch a new aggression, particularly since they are not facing any real pressure from the big powers to implement U.N. Security Council (peace) resolution 598?" the Al Thawra daily asked. "Such an intention is not improbable, especially because the nature of the Tehran regime . . . is based on the principle of aggression."
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November 6, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
Another attempt by U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to arrange a truce in the Persian Gulf War appears to have failed, deepening a conviction shared by diplomats and Arab officials that no early end is in sight to the seven-year-old conflict between Iran and Iraq. This, in turn, poses difficult questions for the United States. Its naval forces in the gulf appear increasingly to be mired in a conflict they can neither end nor withdraw from without seriously damaging U.S.
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June 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Trucks carried aid into earthquake-stricken Iran on Saturday from Soviet Azerbaijan, which observed a day of mourning for victims, the official Tass news agency said. President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sent his condolences to the Iranian leadership, and the Soviet Red Cross dispatched a plane carrying rescue workers and aid. In his message to Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, Gorbachev expressed his "deep condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the earthquake."
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May 29, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Presidents George Bush and Mikhail S. Gorbachev sit down Thursday morning to face each other across a small table in the Oval Office, their conversations will be dogged by the return of an element in the superpower relationship that recently had seemed obsolete: old-fashioned conflict. From the closing months of Ronald Reagan's presidency through the first 13 months of Bush's term, in one decision after another, Gorbachev did mostly what U.S. officials hoped he would.
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February 16, 1990 | From Reuters
The Soviet Union, dogged by unrest in several of its Muslim republics, signed two protocols with Iran to make cross-border visits easier and asked Tehran to help return calm to their frontier, Tehran Radio reported Thursday. It quoted Iran's deputy foreign minister, Mahmoud Vaezi, as saying that the Kremlin should "treat the people in a prudent and peaceful manner." Vaezi told the visiting Soviet deputy minister for protocol and consular affairs, Boris N.
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February 7, 1990 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. military planners have been told to create a new policy for the Persian Gulf emphasizing defense of friendly Arab states instead of Iran's vulnerability to a Soviet attack. The threat of a Soviet thrust into Iran to seize oil fields and gulf ports long has dictated U.S.
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January 25, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hard-line voices in Tehran on Wednesday notched up their criticism of the Soviet military crackdown in Azerbaijan, the Muslim-dominated republic on Iran's northern border. The morning after an open letter by members of the Iranian Parliament demanded that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev "deal with the Muslims of the Soviet Union with compassion," an editorial in the daily Kayhan International condemned Moscow's handling of the unrest.
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January 18, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader, warned Wednesday against "miscalculated and harsh" measures by Soviet troops in the strife-torn Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. But displaying the caution that has marked Iranian comments on the violence in Azerbaijan, Khamenei leavened his warning with praise for the loosening of religious restraints under Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
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January 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Soviet proposal to mediate stalled peace talks between Iran and Iraq made headway when officials of the two nations expressed support for Moscow's offer. A senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official said Iran will look positively at the Soviet offer. In Baghdad, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry also issued a statement welcoming the Soviet role. The eight-year war was halted on Aug. 20, 1988.
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November 2, 1989 | From Reuters
Soviet Union's minister for foreign economic relations, Konstantin F. Katushev, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday at the head of an economic delegation, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
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