Iran Leverages Oil to Court Other U.S. Rivals During Pandemic

Isolated in the midst of a international pandemic, Iran is utilizing its sanctioned oil and strength experience to garner favor and financial attain from two other nations shunned by the U.S.: Syria and Venezuela.

Iran is providing some of its unsold oil to Syria in trade for higher diplomatic influence in the area and bartering its crude-refining technologies for gold with Venezuela, according to folks close to the three governments.

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