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According to research, Ukrainian citizens have mostly negative attitude towards Iran

Active Group and Experts Club have conducted a joint study on the attitudes of Ukrainians towards the countries of East Asia and the Middle East. The research was presented at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency in June 2024. The research was presented by Maksym Urakin and Oleksandr Poznyi. The results of the study are as follows:

The results of the study are as follows:
Completely positive – 1.7
Mostly positive – 5.0
Mostly negative – 22.7
Completely negative – 53.6
Difficult to answer – 17.0%.
Positive – Negative – 69.6%.

On January 22, 1992, diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Iran were established. Since the end of January 1992, the Iranian Embassy has been operating in Kyiv.

The joint research by Active Group and Experts Club on the attitudes of Ukrainians towards the countries of East Asia and the Middle East was conducted in April-May 2024. It covers such countries as Turkey, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, India, China, Republic of Korea, DPRK, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Syria, and Iraq. Full information on the research is available on the website of the Club of Experts at

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Iran’s snap presidential election to be held on June 28

A snap presidential election in Iran, organized in the wake of the death of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, is scheduled for June 28, Al-Arabiya TV channel reported on Monday.

According to Iranian media, candidate registration will take place from May 30 to June 3. The deadline for campaigning is from June 12 to the morning of June 27.

The day before, a helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashed in a mountainous area in heavy fog in the northwest of the country, near the border with Azerbaijan. On Monday morning it became known that all the people in the helicopter were killed. In particular, in addition to the president, Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdollahian died.

On Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei confirmed that Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will serve as the country’s president. Khamenei also said that Mokhber will have a maximum of 50 days to hold the country’s presidential election.

In addition, according to Iranian media, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani has been appointed acting foreign minister.
Earlier Experts Club think tank presented an analytical material about the most important elections in the countries of the world in 2024, more video analysis is available here – Subscribe to Experts Club YouTube channel here –


Conservatives win parliamentary elections in Iran

The Conservatives have won a majority of votes in the Iranian parliamentary elections, a number of Iranian media reported on Monday.

On March 4, the election commission completed the vote count in the elections to the country’s legislature. According to preliminary results, conservative candidates are leading in all provinces of Iran, including Tehran, local media reported.

The candidates will compete for 45 of the 290 seats in the parliament in the second round.

Approximately 25 million Iranian citizens took part in the March 1 elections to the country’s parliament and the Council of Experts. According to preliminary unofficial data, the turnout was approximately 41%.

A record number of candidates were allowed to participate in the parliamentary elections – more than 15.2 thousand people, which was almost 75% of the total number of candidates who initially registered. About 1.7 thousand of the candidates admitted to the elections are women.

According to the Iranian Constitution, five seats in the 290-seat parliament should go to representatives of religious minorities. 144 candidates competed for 88 seats in the Council of Experts, which elects the country’s Supreme Leader.

Many candidates who advocate reforms in Iran were banned from participating in the parliamentary elections, and some political figures, including former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, were not allowed to run for the Council of Experts, Iranian media reported.

The first meeting of the newly convoked parliament will be held in late May.

Earlier, the Experts Club think tank made a video dedicated to the top 10 elections in the world this year. More detailed analysis is available at

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Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and UAE invited to join BRICS

The BRICS member states have decided to invite Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to join the organization, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

“We have decided to invite Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to become full members of BRICS,” Ramaphosa said in a speech at the BRICS summit.

The membership of these countries will become official on January 1, 2024, the South African leader explained.

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Rafael Goroyan, head of Prometey, supports sanctions against Iran

Rafael Goroyan, the owner and the head of the Prometey Group of Companies, a big Ukrainian grain trader, positively evaluated the initiative of the President of Ukraine to impose sanctions against Iran for 50 years.
The resolution, which was voted for yesterday by people’s deputies, envisages, in particular, a complete ban on trade operations.
“I welcome this decision of the state authorities of Ukraine. Today our country is one of the main suppliers of agricultural products to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I believe that the ban on trade will significantly affect the food security of Iran, the government of the country is likely to face starvation among the population.
The Islamic Republic will be left with one supplier of grain – the Russian Federation, on which it will be completely dependent. This means that the supplier will be able to dictate prices, which will certainly hit Iran’s economy,” Rafael Goroyan is sure.

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Ukrainian President introduces draft law on sanctions against Iran to Rada

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a draft law on the application of sectoral special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) to the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Verkhovna Rada on May 27, 2023.
The card of the project number 9333 appeared on the website of the Parliament.
“In accordance with Article 93 of the Constitution of Ukraine and part two of Article 5 of the Law of Ukraine “On Sanctions” I am submitting for consideration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On Approval of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine dated May 27, 2023 “On the application of sectoral special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) to the Islamic Republic of Iran”, – said in the text of the document.
According to the addendum to the draft, it is proposed to apply sanctions against Iran for 50 years. The restrictive measures include a complete ban on trade with Iran, stopping the transit of resources, flights and shipments by Iran through Ukraine as well as preventing Iranian residents from taking capital out of Ukraine.
In addition, it is proposed to prohibit the transfer of technology and intellectual property rights to residents of Iran and to prohibit investments in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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