At a gathering with Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday in Tehran, Raisi warned of makes an attempt to develop the affect of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) in numerous elements of the world, blaming the provocative actions of the US and the navy alliance that they cites as the primary reason behind the continuing battle in Ukraine.
“There isn’t a doubt that US and NATO provocations had been the issue behind these conflicts (in Ukraine) and due to this fact, within the face of makes an attempt to extend NATO’s affect in each a part of the world, together with within the West, it’s mandatory develop to change into energetic in Asia, the Caucasus and Central Asia,” he mentioned.
Russia launched a navy operation in Ukraine in late February after Kyiv did not implement the provisions of the Minsk settlement and Moscow acknowledged the breakaway areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.
On the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the objectives of this “particular navy operation,” as he known as it, had been to allay Russia’s safety considerations and “denazify” Ukraine.
The battle in Ukraine has fueled tensions between Russia and the West, with the US and its NATO allies imposing unprecedented sanctions on Moscow and supplying Ukraine with a big stockpile of weapons.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Raisi underscored the significance of cooperation between the Caspian Sea riparian states, saying overseas powers shouldn’t have a navy presence within the area.
He famous that fixed conferences and talks between Iranian and Russian officers present the 2 international locations’ agency dedication to open a brand new chapter of fruitful and strategic cooperation, particularly within the financial sector.
“Strengthening cooperation and coordination is a strong software to counter US sanctions and financial unilateralism towards impartial nations,” the Iranian president mentioned.
Tehran and Moscow each have huge oil and gasoline reserves however are constrained by sanctions that prohibit their means to export their manufacturing.
Russia was sanctioned after its operation in neighboring Ukraine, whereas Iran’s economic system confronted draconian sanctions, reimposed by the US in 2018 after Washington withdrew from the 2015 take care of Tehran.
In the course of the assembly, Lavrov mentioned Russia is eager to take cooperation with Iran to a strategic stage.
Noting the significance of Iran’s membership within the Shanghai Cooperation Group, the Russian overseas minister added that his nation helps Tehran’s position in regional and worldwide organizations.