How will Tehran’s growing influence on the Russia-Ukraine conflict influence the outcome of the protracted struggle?
The international community has largely rallied against Russia since it launched an invasion of Ukraine in late February.
The United States, its NATO partners and other like-minded nations (including Australia) were quick to back the Ukrainian resistance, committing billions of dollars in military equipment and humanitarian relief.
But Russia has found its own sources of support, with the likes of China and Iran helping to sustain Moscow’s war.
Beijing has cushioned the blow of the West’s economic sanctions, while Tehran has supplied Russian forces with military equipment.