Iran supports diplomatic settlement of Ukraine crisis – Politics News
“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports any effort that would lead to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine and is ready to play a role in helping to restore peace in any way possible,” Raisi told a cabinet session. in Tehran on Sunday.
“Based on the fundamental principles of its foreign policy, the Islamic Republic of Iran opposes both hegemony and submission to hegemony, and supports the right of all nations to self-determination” , he added.
Raisi said while emphasizing the need to protect the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of all countries, “The Islamic Republic of Iran understands the security concerns stemming from decades of NATO expansionism.”
“We firmly believe that diplomacy and sincere respect for international obligations by all parties is the only sustainable and just way out of the current situation,” he added, Press TV reported.
In a televised address early Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” aimed at “demilitarizing” the Donetsk and Lugansk republics in eastern Ukraine, collectively known as Donbass.
The two regions split from Ukraine in 2014 after refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government that overthrew a democratically elected pro-Russia administration.
Announcing the operation, Putin said the mission was aimed at “defending people who for eight years have suffered persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime”.
The UN Refugee Agency says more than 120,000 Ukrainians have left the country since Russia launched the military campaign against Ukraine on February 24.