Western countries, and mainly the United States, in connection with the increasing importance of the energy resources of Central Asia and the Caspian zone in maintaining the energy balance of the Western world at the required level, and, therefore, maintaining the achieved standard of living of their peoples, include these regions of the CIS in the zone of their called vital interests and declare their determination to defend these interests with the use of force. On the one hand , this is already an act of pressure on the countries that own rich natural resources, who are told who their real owner is. On the other hand , this is also a warning to Russia, China or the same Irannot to do anything in this zone that could be regarded as an encroachment on the interests of the developed countries of the world that came here with their appetites. What is this if not a threat? Suffice it to recall how the United States and its closest Western allies behaved towards Iraq or Iran , which intended not so long ago to protest the West's right to control oil reserves in the Persian Gulf zone and all issues related to their development and export to foreign markets; the large-scale involvement of the natural and other resources of the CIS countries in the Western economic system can become a serious brake on the path of integration processes within the Commonwealth;
As is known, in 1995 the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission signed a Russian-American protocol (its text was not published), according to which Russia undertook to stop all contacts with Iran in the field of military-technical cooperation by December 31, 1999  . According to unofficial information, the Russian side took this step in exchange for the promise of the Americans to lift the existing restrictions on the sale of certain high-tech Western products to Russia. Some sources insist that the text of the agreement allegedly refers only to a ban on the transfer of only nuclear technology to Iran . However, the presence of non-advertised Russian-American agreements on curtailing the military-technical cooperation between Russia and Iran , in addition to informal sources, is indirectly indicated by the fact that in October 1998 the State Duma, voting for a draft resolution on the statement of the State Duma "On expanding cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran ”, refused to include in the text of the document a mention of military-technical cooperation
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