Axis of evil? Alliance with Russia, China against unipolar world order, Iran says

Amid speculation that the three countries are joining forces in the face of US-led Western sanctions, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said cooperation between Iran, Russia and China will help create a new power to change the unipolar world order to counteract the legitimacy that has violated the rights of many peoples.

“People all over the world have bad memories of the era that has ended. It was a time of hegemony, unipolar world order and violation of the legitimate rights of many nations,” the Iranian president said in an interview with China’s CGTN broadcaster on Wednesday.

According to him, “a new era will be marked by the establishment of a multipolar world order.” Cooperation between Iran, Russia, China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) “may lead to the creation of a new power”.

Speaking about the benefits of joining the Chinese-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Central Asian security organization, President Raisi said, “The membership of the SCO creates good opportunities for the development of relations between Iran and other members of the organization.”

Last month, during the SCO’s Samarkand Summit, Iran signed a Memorandum of Obligations to become a permanent member, after which the Iranian President signed a bill to that effect.

Iran, which has observer status in the rapidly expanding SCO, expects full membership of the organization to boost its economy and regional standing. Tehran has asked members of the panel to help it set up a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West over its controversial nuclear program.

Meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand, President Raisi said: “The relationship between countries sanctioned by the US, such as Iran, Russia or other countries, can overcome many problems and issues and make them stronger.”

“Americans think which country they impose sanctions on, it will be stopped, their perception is wrong,” Raisi said.

Faced with increasing isolation and economic sanctions, Iran is looking to the east for strategic partners. Tehran has found natural allies: in Moscow, which is facing its own share of global sanctions after invading Ukraine, and in Beijing, which is facing condemnation from the West for its aggressive military stance on Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

By joining the SCO, Tehran has signaled its willingness to foster stronger ties with Beijing and Moscow, the organization’s two most powerful members, including military ties. Meanwhile, Iran’s inclusion as a member of the group gives the regional body an opportunity to expand its reach and lend significant weight to Western pressure.

Tensions between Iran and the West have run high since 2018, when then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the landmark nuclear deal that would have ensured the lifting of sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a limit on uranium enrichment. Efforts to revive the deal remain stalled with a mounting showdown between the two countries. Axis of evil? Alliance with Russia, China against unipolar world order, Iran says

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