Amid Iran Crisis, Russias Mideast Presence Just Keeps Growing

MOSCOWThe balance of power in the Middle East is shifting. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow on Saturday to discuss the crises there with President Vladimir Putin and try to save whats left of the Iran nuclear deal. In spite of U.S. President Donald Trumps calls to put maximum pressure on Irans bad deal, Merkel said everything should be done to keep the agreement. And Russian politicians gloated: This is remarkable, at the peak of the pre-war crises around Iran, Merkel is coming to Putin and not to Trump. Negotiations with Trump would make no sense, he would just repeat his statements, Senator Aleksey Pushkov told Russian news agencies. Whoever has American bases on their territory (including Germany) should …