Sergey Lavrov: Moscow can help US, Iran build up dialogue

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Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, said Tuesday that Russia can help the US and Iran resume dialogue.

According to media reports, Lavrov, who spoke at a news conference in Moscow Tuesday, said that Russia is “calling on the US and Iran to show restraint and solve all problems through dialogue.”

Lavrov noted that Russia is not the only country ready to contribute to easing tensions between the US and Middle East, however, that can only happen if both sides are interested.

Russia’s foreign Minister also noted that Moscow will not interfere in the US-Iran relations, yet it strongly opposes escalation of tensions in the region. Lavrov explained that relations between the two countries started deteriorating once Washington pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program and imposed sanctions against Iran.

“It is in our best interest to set up a process of trust building in the Persian Gulf and the broader region. In particular, that’s what the Russian proposal to establish collective security in the Persian Gulf zone and around it is aiming it,” the minister said. “Let’s hope that all interested parties will begin discussing ways to de-escalate tensions and form a normal good-neighbor policy.”

Lavrov also said that killing of the top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani runs counter international law. “It goes beyond all legal and human boundaries, he said.

Natalia Veselnitskaya
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