The US and UK pressure on Iran through the creation of a coalition to protect freedom of navigation only contributes to the aggravation of the situation in the Persian Gulf. Instead, an inclusive regional security system is needed.
The Russian Federation is concerned about the growing tension in the Persian Gulf and for many years has stood against the crisis in the region by political and diplomatic means.
«We think that this can only be achieved by creating an inclusive system of regional security. In this regard, an optimal mechanism may be the Concept of Collective Security in the Persian Gulf, developed by us back in 2004 and updated in accordance with the latest trends,» the Russian Embassy in London noted.
The concept includes gradually move based on equal interaction of all regional forces and other interested parties to unblock conflict situations, develop confidence and control measures and, at least, form a holistic mechanism of collective security and cooperation in this region.
«We are confident that an increase in pressure from the US on Iran with the support of the UK, namely by forming the so-called «mission on guaranteeing freedom of navigation» will only facilitate the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf,» the Embassy said.
Russia invited the parties to a constructive dialogue on ways to achieve long-term stabilization in the region. “The other day, during a meeting at the British Foreign Ministry, we introduced the UK party to our concept, emphasizing that we are ready to discuss this topic with all interested partners and to continue such a dialogue both through official channels and through socio-political and expert circles,” the embassy stated, adding that they expect from colleagues thoughtful assessment of the document and constructive proposals.
Earlier, the US claimed that it planned to create an international coalition to patrol the waters near Iran and Yemen. The first such proposals were made at the end of June at ministerial negotiations with NATO allies in Brussels. It was, in particular, about both variants of conducting air surveillance sending ships to accompany merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz. In early August, Britain joined the US-sponsored international coalition to patrol waters near Iran.
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