Asia-Pacific Digest: Russian power in the Pacific and Iran as a SCO member

Indian Army T-90 Tank

Indian Army T-90 Tank

Articles and features about the key benefits of Iran's accession to the SCO, potential access for Russia to Islamic capital markets and Russia's objections to the U.S. missile defense system in South Korea were among the Asia-Pacific highlights on

Why Russia is steaming back into the Pacific

February 4, 2016 Rakesh Krishnan Simha, special to RBTH

Russia’s power projection in the Pacific is in sync with its growing assertiveness globally, but it doesn’t necessarily threaten the U.S.

Iran's accession to the SCO would benefit Russia and China

February 5, 2016Oleg Egórov, RBTH

With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, there are no legal barriers to the country joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Russian experts believe that Tehran's accession to the grouping would provide additional security guarantees for Iran and existing SCO members.

Russia may get access to Islamic capital markets

February 2, 2016Anton Chablin,

Moscow is considering the establishment of special bank accounts that allow investment only into Shariah-approved assets. A draft law on Islamic banking has already been submitted to the State Duma.

No immediate plans to buy Russian tanks - Thai official

February 3, 2016Alexander Korablinov, RBTH

Thai deputy defense minister rules out purchase of T-14s and T-90s for now.

Russia opposed to U.S. missile defense system in South Korea

February 3, 2016Alexander Korablinov, RBTH

Washington is seeking to deploy the THAAD to South Korea.

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