Let’s see: public announcement Russia will provide fuels for Iran. Despite being off-limits via the recent UN sanctions, selling Iran S-300 air defense systems hasn’t been waved off. Also, Iran is capable of making trouble in Russian “areas of influence.”
This means the administration will have to keep sweetening their deals to keep the Russians holding fast to their current position, which regarding Iran, has recently supported general U.S. actions.
Wonder if the spy trade was part of the sweetening? That could have been embarrassing…
This also brings to mind the reliability of the Russians in important things like missile warning and missile defense. We need stone-cold reliable partners and it would take a hand-waive of miraculous proportions to describe the Russians in such a manner.