I wonder why you think that these articles will help one to understand the situation there? To do this we need to know the history of these nations, their leaders, and their motivations. We aren't going to get this from articles such as this. The fourth estate is a rental. For sale to the highest bidder. The most interesting thing about that WSJ article IMO was this; "Moscow has even tried to open up informal diplomatic channels between the two countries, Mr. Kozhanov said. He added that Moscow recently sent Russian citizens with strong ties to Israel to Tehran, in effect carrying messages from Israel." Russian relatives of Israeli's in high places within the government perhaps.