The Russian leader [r] with Iranian president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Reuters]
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is in Tehran in the first visit to the country by a Russian leader for six decades.

Putin is there to attend a summit of Caspian Sea states.

This visit is of a major significance for Iran because of the stand-off over its nuclear activities.

So, can Tehran rely on Moscow to be a long-term ally?

And how do Western countries view this close relationship?

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