November 2, 1987 |
Yuli M. Vorontsov, the Soviet Union's first deputy foreign minister, left Iran for home Sunday, apparently having failed to move either Iran or Iraq toward a peaceful settlement of the Persian Gulf War. Vorontsov received a relatively cool reception in Tehran, where the highest-ranking officials he was allowed to meet were Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Larijani and Under Secretary Mohammed Ali Besharati.
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November 20, 1987 |
Iran and the Soviet Union have signed an agreement allowing Iranian ships to use internal Soviet waterways, Tehran radio said Thursday. The radio, monitored in Nicosia, said the agreement will let Iranian vessels use the Soviet navigation network through the Caspian Sea, which lies between the two countries. A road transport system involving Iran, the Soviet Union and Bulgaria also is under study, it added.
October 10, 1987
The Soviet Union, which has been seeking warmer ties with Iran, announced on Friday that Vladimir Gudev would succeed Vil K. Boldyrev, who is retiring, as the ambassador to Iran.
February 7, 1990 |
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.
January 12, 1990 |
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.
January 25, 1990 |
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.
February 23, 1991 |
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.
August 7, 1987 |
One of the most arresting sights in the latest Persian Gulf crisis presented itself shortly after the supertanker Bridgeton hit a mine while under escort by American warships. The Bridgeton, a re-registered Kuwaiti tanker now flying the American flag, was able to continue despite the damage, but the American warships took up what many saw as a humiliating position astern of the much larger tanker.