It is plausible to think hydrocarbon resources might be opened up by a border deal between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan but the Iranians would have plenty to say about that.
In the two years since Tehran was relieved of the crippling nuclear sanctions, the Iranians have looked for economic progress to their northwest. Russia, however, ensures Iran won’t find both hands free in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
Iran, which produces around 80% of the highly valuable commodity, will seek to set the global base price by forming a new alternative investment class and pushing up exports.
In London speech, Iranian deputy foreign minister asks why Iran would stay in the deal when “there is no benefit for us”.
Aseman Airlines' 20-year-old twin-propeller ATR plane had been grounded on several previous occasions and was forced to make an emergency landing in January, as Iranian airlines struggle to secure new planes and spare parts from abroad.