Leverages

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

Isolated in the midst of a international pandemic, Iran is applying its sanctioned oil and energy knowledge to garner favor and economical achieve from two other nations shunned by the U.S.: Syria and Venezuela.

Iran is providing some of its unsold oil to Syria in exchange for increased diplomatic influence in the area and bartering its crude-refining technological know-how for gold with Venezuela, according to individuals close to the three governments.

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