Post by TsarSamuil on May 21, 2018 13:32:53 GMT -5
Zhirinovsky: Russia Must Brave For Massive Refugee Wave of Muslims From Next Middle-East War.
Vesti News May 20, 2018
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the LDPR Leader: "We're approaching the final war in the Middle East that will affect the entire world. It's dangerous for us, too. Millions of refugees will take over Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia. The rest of the refugees will head towards our Caucasus, Krasnodar Krai, Astrakhan, the Rostov and Volgograd regions."
EU will punish own companies if they comply with US sanctions on Iran, says Mogherini aide.
RT.com 7 Aug, 2018 17:11
European companies doing business with Iran could soon find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Should they comply with US sanctions and abandon Tehran, they may in turn face sanctions in their home EU.
If European companies cave in to US President Donald Trump's threat of secondary sanctions and stop doing business in Iran, they will be punished by the EU itself, says the aide to Federica Mogherini, the bloc's foreign policy chief.
“If EU companies abide by US secondary sanctions they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the EU,” Nathalie Tocci told BBC Radio 4 in an interview on Monday night, as reported by NBC.
According to Tocci, the move would show Iranians that the Europeans are serious about keeping the 2015 nuclear deal intact despite Washington's efforts to tear it down. Earlier, the EU enacted the Blocking statute to forbid its companies from complying with the US sanctions, which came back into force on Monday as part of Washington's push to bend Tehran to comply with its multiple demands.
Since Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 JCPOA agreement, which envisioned the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for it winding down its nuclear development, the other signatories have been scrambling to keep the deal alive.
Trump, meanwhile, wants a new deal, which would also end Iran's missile program and regional influence ambitions. As US sanctions were reintroduced on Monday, Trump warned that "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States" – all for the sake of "WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"
China vows to maintain trade with Iran, ignoring ‘with us or against us’ threats from US.
RT.com 8 Aug, 2018 23:43
Washington’s unilateral anti-Iran campaign has nothing to do with international law and fair trade, and thus the threat of potential sanctions won’t affect Beijing’s sovereign right to freely choose its business partners.
“China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.”
The ministry also reminded Washington that Beijing follows a consistent policy of opposing any “unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction” indiscriminately practiced by the US against members of the international community.
Beijing reaffirmed its stance on US sanctions at a sensitive time in Sino-American relations, full of trade disputes and China’s repeated accusations that Trump is pursuing unfair protectionist policies. In recent months, the countries have slapped each other with reciprocal trade tariffs, with even more levies set to come into force later in August.
Following its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, on Tuesday the US slapped Iran with “the most biting sanctions ever.” The Islamic Republic is now prevented from using the US dollar and is barred from trading in cars, metals and minerals. Washington also aims to renew its sanctions on Iran’s energy sector in November.
Donald Trump also firmly stated that those nations that disobey and continue trade with Iran after the November 4 deadline will “not be doing business with the United States.”
Despite threats voiced by Washington, a number of countries have refused to bow to Trump's demands to cut ties with Iran. While the European Union is enforcing the so-called Blocking Statute to protect its firms operating in Iran from looming US sanctions against the country, Germany, a signatory the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has criticized the US approach.
“We still consider it a mistake to give up the nuclear agreement with Iran,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned. “Anyone hoping for a 'regime change' must remember that whatever follows, could give us much bigger problems, and isolating Iran could boost radical and fundamentalist forces. Chaos in Iran –as we have experienced in Iraq or Libya– would destabilize an already troubled region even more.”
Although Trump recently offered to hold talks with the Iranian leadership to defuse tensions, Tehran views it as a PR stunt and an attempt to deepen the divide between the Iranian people and the state.
“Imagine the unlikely option of negotiating now, how can the US be trusted that, after reaching an agreement, they will remain committed to their very own agreement?" Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted Wednesday. “The Americans have never acted with sincerity, and Trump’s move and remarks were merely a publicity stunt.”
Russia & Iran ditching dollar for trade in favor of national currencies – Moscow’s envoy to Tehran.
RT.com 6 Feb, 2019 08:06
Moscow and Tehran have “essentially” turned away from the greenback in bilateral trade, and are using the ruble and rial for payments, the Russian ambassador to the Islamic Republic has revealed.
Turning to cross-currency trade was a “vital” issue for both Russia and Iran, and the two countries are planning to use “all available means” to boost these efforts, Levan Dzhagaryan said in an interview with TASS.
“We have already essentially dropped the dollar in cooperation with the Iranians, we will rely on the Russian ruble and the Iranian rial, [and] in case of urgent need, on the euro, if we have no other options,” the diplomat said. He added that banking structures in both countries have the potential to cope with this “difficult” task.
Despite efforts by European countries to keep trading with the Islamic Republic after the US pulled out of the nuclear agreement, their efforts still do not fully address Tehran’s interests, Dzhagaryan believes.
The diplomat said that the payment system recently created by France, Germany and the UK to facilitate trade with Iran raises “more questions than it answers,” claiming that it does not change the state of affairs for Tehran.
He explained that the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) covers only items not blacklisted by the US, but does not apply to vital sectors of trade for Iran.
“Oil is the most important [sector] for Iran. It is a huge question if Europe can allow the proper volume of oil exports and flow of revenue to the Iranian budget,” Dzhagaryan stated. “EU countries should show that they can carry independent foreign policy without fearing any warnings from overseas partners.”
Russia – along with several other countries, including India, China and Turkey – has been accelerating efforts to fight the dominance of the US currency in global trade amid rising tensions with Washington. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to create a common dollar-less payment system for “boosting economic sovereignty.” The bloc, which consists of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, has free trade agreements with multiple partners across the globe, including Iran and China.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 13, 2019 13:44:00 GMT -5
‘Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what happened’: Iran’s FM on tanker ‘attacks’ in Gulf of Oman.
RT.com 13 Jun, 2019 10:41
Iran’s foreign minister has labeled the reported attack on two “Japan-related” oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman as “suspicious,” occurring just as Japanese Prime Minister Abe came to Tehran for major talks.
Expressing his misgivings on Twitter, Javad Zarif noted that the incidents on the two vessels on Thursday, one of which had been reportedly struck by a torpedo, had occurred as Abe sat down for “extensive and friendly” discussions with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
“Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning”
Later in the day, Japanese shipping company Kokuka Sangyo confirmed that one of its vessels had been hit in today’s attack while transporting 25,000 tons of methanol.
The statement came after Iran said it rescued 44 sailors from two tankers named as Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous. One of them was reportedly hit with a torpedo, but there is no official statement on the claim.
In May, four oil tankers were targeted off the coast of the UAE, with exact details of the incident still shrouded in secrecy. Bolton has laid the blame for the assault on Iran, yet Washington, to date, has failed to provide any evidence of complicity.
Japanese tanker owner claims crew saw ‘flying objects’ before attack, denies ship struck mine.
RT.com 14 Jun, 2019 07:52
The Japanese company that owns the ‘Kokuka Courageous’ tanker has said its crew spotted “flying objects” before the attack in the Gulf of Oman, contradicting US claims that the vessel was damaged by a naval mine.
Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, told reporters on Friday that sailors on board the ill-fated oil tanker observed “flying objects” just before the incident in which the ship caught fire and was badly damaged. The giant vessel was hit twice, first near the engine room and then on its starboard side.
He suggested that those flying objects could have been bullets, and called reports of striking a mine “false.” Both points at which the ship was damaged were above her waterline, which couldn’t be so if it had struck an underwater mine.
The tanker was carrying petroleum products to Singapore and Thailand when it was attacked while sailing through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. All 21 crew members abandoned the ship and were reportedly rescued by an Iranian vessel. While many details of the incident are still shrouded in mystery, the US was quick to blame Iran.
Later that day, the US military released a blurry video showing what they claimed were Iranian sailors removing an “unexploded limpet mine” from the ‘Kokuka Courageous.’ The poor quality of the video made it especially challenging to independently verify the claims.
Katada’s account partly contradicted American allegations of a mine attack, but did mention that the crew had spotted an Iranian Navy ship nearby. However, the president failed to specify whether it was there before or after the attack.
Another tanker, the Norwegian-owned ‘Front Altair,’ also suffered some damage while passing through the Gulf of Oman at around the same time. There have been reports of a torpedo attack on the vessel, but it is not yet clear from the firm’s statement whether it was attacked.
It is unknown who would benefit from targeting the ships, but the timing of the incidents is especially sensitive. The attack on the tankers that were carrying “Japan-related” cargo notably came during a rare visit to Tehran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. As the day progressed, he hit back at the US accusations, saying Washington is trying to set up a false-flag attack in order to “sabotage diplomacy” and cover up their own “economic terrorism” against Tehran.
SCO Countries Agree to Support Iran and Combat Looming Threat of Terror in Central Asia!
Vesti News Jun 14, 2019
The leaders of the SCO countries have signed a joint declaration following the summit. It reflects the intention to further expand the Organization and the common stance on key international and regional issues.
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2019 13:14:41 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 20, 2019 16:30:15 GMT -5
Downing of US drone a ‘clear message’ to Washington — Iran’s IRGC commander.
RT.com 20 Jun, 2019 07:57
The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards says the downing of a US drone over its territory was a “clear message” to Washington, proving Tehran will react strongly to any military aggression.
Just hours earlier, Iran claimed to have shot down a US RQ-4 spy drone over Hormozgan Province. This "was a clear message to America,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander-in-chief, Hossein Salami, told local media.
He added that any intrusion across the country's borders would be seen as a “red line” and would be met with strong resistance.
“Iran is not seeking war with any country, but we are fully prepared to defend Iran.”
Tehran said later that the drone had taken off from a US airbase in the region and had its tracking equipment turned off during the flight, contravening aviation laws.
A US Central Command (CENTCOM) statement confirmed that a Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV had been indeed shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missiles on Wednesday night. However, it said Tehran’s claim that the drone had invaded Iran’s airspace was “false” and that it was downed over international waters.
Meanwhile, Salami’s comments were reiterated by Iran’s Foreign Ministry which said that any “violations of Iran’s borders” would be responded to.
“We warn of the consequences of such illegal and provocative measures.”
It is the latest incident adding to heightening tensions between the US and Iran in recent months. Earlier, Washington blamed Iran for attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
However, these claims somehow contradict a statement by the company operating one of the ill-fated tankers. The ‘Kokuka Courageous’ owner – one of the vessels hit in the assault – said its sailors had seen “flying objects” in the sky before they were attacked.
The incident comes amid a heavy build-up of US military might in the Gulf. On June 17, the Pentagon announced it was sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East theater. Washington has also used the so-called threat of Iran to justify sending an aircraft carrier strike group, a Patriot air defense battery and nuclear-capable bomber aircraft to the region.
India deploys warships to Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between US and Iran (PHOTOS)
RT.com 20 Jun, 2019 17:35
The Indian Navy is deploying multiple vessels to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, to provide “security” for Indian-flagged ships traversing the area. The decision follows multiple attacks on merchant ships there.
Designating the move “Operation Sankalp” (resolution), an Indian Navy spokesperson announced on Thursday that two warships would be deployed for “maritime security” in the troubled waters between Iran, Oman and Saudi Arabia. The vessels will be backed up by air cover and surveillance assets.
“Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by [Indian] aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.”
The already strained situation in the Persian Gulf intensified dramatically after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. While no concrete evidence proving who was responsible has been released, US authorities have blamed Iran for the incident. The escalating stand-off eventually led to Iran downing a US surveillance drone.
Proving that they are not messing around and given the still highly volatile situation, one of the vessels New Delhi has sent out for security detail is the INS Chennai, a stealth guided-missile destroyer regarded as one of the most powerful warships in India’s fleet.
The waters between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are one of the most important passageways in the world for oil supplies.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 11, 2019 19:26:58 GMT -5
Oil prices surge after Iran says missiles struck its tanker near Saudi Arabia.
RT.com 11 Oct, 2019 08:11
The price of crude oil rose sharply on Friday morning after Iranian officials said that two rockets had struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea.
International benchmark Brent rose over two percent to $60.34 per barrel by 7:30am GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained almost two percent to $54.60 per barrel.
“Spare capacity remains fragile and with supply chain vulnerability a worrying concern at virtually every Middle East oil field, traders continue to hedge supply risk premium,” Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiTrader, told Reuters.
The oil tanker Sinopa, owned by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), was traveling through the Red Sea when it was struck offshore the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. NIOC told NBC that the tanker was hit by two explosions at 5:00am and 5:20am local time.
The ship suffered heavy damage and was leaking oil into the water, sources told Iran’s News Agency ISNA. The tanker’s crew wasn’t hurt in the incident.
The incident follows the September 14 attacks on two Saudi Arabian oil processing plants that knocked out more than half of the kingdom’s crude output, causing a spike in oil prices.
Yemeni Houthi rebels, who have been fighting Saudi troops since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attack, but Riyadh and its ally Washington pinned the blame on Iran – a claim which it vehemently denies.
Tensions have escalated lately in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil chokepoint, which is a gateway for almost a third of all crude oil and other petroleum products carried by tankers.
Iran hoists blood-red ‘flag of revenge’ in holy city of Qom as thousands mourn Soleimani across the region (VIDEOS)
RT.com 5 Jan, 2020 03:53
A blood-red flag, symbolizing the call to avenge the dead, has been hoisted atop the Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom. The rare sight comes as people mourn Qassem Soleimani and other officials killed by the US.
The hoisting ceremony was aired by Iranian state TV on Saturday. The blood-red flag, as well as a picture of the slain commander of the elite Quds Force, were carried to the roof of the one of the biggest and most important mosques for Shia Muslims.
The flag used in the ceremony is called the ‘Ya la-Tharat al-Husayn’, which dates back to the late 7th century. It was first raised after the Battle of Karbala in a call to avenge the death of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, which became one of the key events that led to the split between Shia and Sunni Islam. It has been reported that the red flag has never been unfurled atop the Jamkaran (a major holy site since the early Middle Ages) until now.
Red flags were also spotted during other events held across country in honor of the slain general. Thousands gathered in Tehran on Saturday, shouting slogans and carrying pictures of Soleimani. Some were seen setting Israeli flags on fire.
In Iraq, where Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike alongside other high-ranking Iranian and Iraqi officials, including the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militia, a three-day mourning period has been announced. Commemorative ceremonies there saw people stomping on and burning American flags.
A mourning house for Soleimani has been opened in Gaza, where people were also seen venting their anger at the US and Israel, as well as paying their respects to the dead.
‘Never threaten the Iranian nation’: Rouhani rebuffs Trump’s warning that 52 Iranian targets may be hit.
RT.com 6 Jan, 2020 20:00
Iran’s president has reminded Donald Trump of the 290 Iranians who died when the US shot down their plane in 1988, after the US president threatened to hit 52 targets in Iran – the same number of American hostages taken in 1979.
“Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290,” Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter. “Never threaten the Iranian nation.”
The US guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 with 290 crew and passengers on board over the Strait of Hormuz in July 1988. Washington said the jet didn’t respond to warnings and was identified as an Iranian warplane because of that.
Back then, Tehran blasted the US for its criminal negligence, insisting that the Airbus A300 transmitted the signal which allowed it to be identified as a civilian aircraft. The Americans never admitted guilt or formally apologized to Tehran for the tragedy. However, they paid almost $62 million in damages to the relatives of the victims almost a decade later.
The number 52 in Trump’s tweet wasn’t pulled out of a hat either. It represents the number of diplomats who were taken hostage by revolutionary students at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The Americans were held for 444 days, but were eventually released after negotiations.
The US president warned that sites “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture” will be hit in order to discourage Iran from retaliating for the assassination of the head of its elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.
The killing of Soleimani in a US drone strike in Iraq last week has put the two nations on the brink of war. Millions across Iran took to the streets on Sunday to take part in the commander’s funeral, shedding tears and shouting anti-American slogans.
Netanyahu backs away from Soleimani assassination, warns ministers to ‘stay out’ of purely ‘American event’
RT.com 7 Jan, 2020 01:14
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly warned his cabinet not to get too involved in the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, lest Tel Aviv gets dragged into the escalating conflict between Washington and Tehran.
“The assassination of Soleimani isn't an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it,” Netanyahu reportedly told his security cabinet during a meeting on Monday, as cited by Israel's Channel 13. He advised ministers to avoid speaking to the media about Thursday's targeted assassination beyond supporting the US' right to defend itself, so as not to give the impression that Israel had played any role in it.
The directors of Mossad and military intelligence reassured the ministers that the likelihood of a retaliatory attack is low, since "Israel stayed at a distance from the incident," and that Iran will begin planning its reciprocal move on Tuesday following the conclusion of the national mourning period for Soleimani, according to the same sources.
Netanyahu’s sudden reticence is particularly notable because he has been advocating a US-Iran conflict for much of his political career. For over 20 years, he has insisted that the Islamic Republic was just steps away from producing nuclear weapons, even when Israeli intelligence publicly argued otherwise.
The Israeli PM was also front and center in the run-up to the most recent Iraq War, warning the US Congress in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction" – including pursuing atomic bombs – which turned out not to exist at all.
Just last year, Netanyahu was urging the US and its Middle Eastern allies to take up the cause of war against Iran, emboldened by US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal and re-impose crippling sanctions against Tehran, despite its compliance with the agreement.
However, the overt US killing of a military commander who was apparently very popular in Iran has provoked serious talk of retribution, not just in Tehran, but among Hezbollah – the Lebanese Shia militia that boasts of fighting Israel to a draw in 2006 – as well.
Netanyahu has had a tough 2019, clinging onto the post of PM in a purely technical mandate after two elections mere months apart delivered a hung Knesset and required an unprecedented third, coming this spring. Talking a tough game against Iran in order to get Israeli votes is one thing, but facing the real possibility of being the target of Iranian missiles is apparently quite another.
Iran launches 'SECOND WAVE' of retaliation strikes against US assets in Iraq.
RT.com 8 Jan, 2020 00:33
Iran has launched another volley of missile strikes on a number of American facilities in Iraq, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The new round of missiles follows the first by just over an hour.
“A few minutes ago [3:30 am local time] the second wave of Iranian missile attacks on the US base is launched,” the news outlet reported.
The Pentagon confirmed earlier on Tuesday that “more than a dozen” Iranian ballistic missiles had been fired on US bases, including the Al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, vowing to “take necessary measures” to protect American personnel in the region. Several additional missiles were reportedly fired on another US facility near the city of Erbil, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters.
The Iranian strikes come in response to the assassination of top general and Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US strike in Baghdad late last week. Tehran has deemed the killing an act of “international terrorism” and promised to take revenge.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Iranian parliament passed a bill designating the entire American military and Pentagon as “terrorist organizations,” mirroring Washington’s own similar designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) last April.
Breaking: Iran retaliates (Full show)
RT America Jan 7, 2020
Iran officially retaliated against the US for the killing of Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, attacking US positions in Iraq with missiles in an operation dubbed “Operation Martyr Soleimani.” Rick Sanchez shares the breaking news as it unfolds. Author and editor of “the Grayzone” Max Blumenthal and former Pentagon official Michael Maloof also share their insights. RT America’s Michele Greenstein explains the geopolitical context and global market impact of Iran’s attack while RT America’s Faran Fronczak reports on the domestic political reaction from outside the US Capitol. Retired US Army officer and former West Point instructor Maj. Danny Sjursen joins by phone to weigh in on the implications of the attack.
Iran TV shows launch of missiles that struck two US military bases in Iraq.
RT Jan 8, 2020
The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq, confirming that over a dozen missiles were used in the attack.
“Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases,” the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was now working on “initial battle damage assessments.”
Are they blaming Russia yet?
Ukrainian president Zelensky expresses condolences to victims’ families after Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran.
RT.com 8 Jan, 2020 06:37
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has extended his condolences to the relatives of those killed in a plane crash in Iran. He said that the Ukrainian embassy is clarifying the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Zelensky cut short his trip to Oman and returned to Kiev after learning about the crash.
A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and nine crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. The Boeing 737 reportedly experienced technical problems after becoming airborne.There were no survivors in the crash, Zelensky said, citing preliminary reports.
Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has declared the “crisis” between the US and Iran over, following statements from the two countries’ leaders in the wake of Tuesday’s Iranian strikes on US bases in Iraq.
Al-Sadr made his pronouncement on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump gave a relatively subdued speech praising Iran’s restraint. Rather than call for retaliation against Iran over a strike that didn’t kill any Americans, Trump merely vowed to impose even more sanctions on the Islamic Republic “until Iran changes its behavior.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in turn vowed to eventually kick all US troops “out of the region” as the “final answer” to the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, killed in a US airstrike last week.
Shia religious leader al-Sadr also called on Iraqi militias to be “patient” and not begin any military actions, claiming that a new “strong” government capable of protecting Iraq’s sovereignty would be formed in 15 days and hold early elections. However, Iraq should still evict the foreign troops inside its borders, he said.
The Iraqi foreign ministry condemned Iran’s missile attack on the coalition bases, declaring it a “violation of Iraqi sovereignty” in a statement on Wednesday and emphasizing Iraq was an “independent state.”
“We will not allow it to become a battlefield,” the ministry added.
Iraqi PM Adel Abdul Mahdi stepped down last month after months of massive protests calling for electoral reforms. He has remained in a “caretaker” role while Iraq’s political leaders attempt to move forward. Another prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned last month that “foreign interference” in the process would not be tolerated.
Why would the Ukranians take off when all civilian craft were grounded, in the middle of a possible war? Iranians certainly wouldn't tell them to do it just to shoot them down, what would they gain?
I think it's the Americans that were involved, when they found out Iran didn't allow any flights n that Iran would consider all flights suspect, Americans told their Ukrainian bitches that it was 'safe'
this is what happens when you become a pawn in US game...out of all the possible planes, it just happens to be Ukrainian??...yeah, I don't buy that coincidence, and what about the war in donbass n the plane that was shot down there even though it was a war-zone n it wasn't to even be there? Ukrainians are into some shady shit...
Enjoy being puppets!
Ukraine says Iran cooperating with Boeing crash probe, calls to reduce media speculation.
RT.com 10 Jan, 2020 16:48
Ukraine’s foreign minister has called for the media to avoid speculation about what caused the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 outside Tehran, explaining that the investigation is ongoing and nothing has been ruled out.
Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko asked that the media not spread “unconfirmed” information on Friday, pleading with reporters to “reduce the level of speculation” while the probe continues. The experts are still analyzing evidence, looking at the bodies of the victims and the wreckage in hope of gaining insight into what took down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, killing all 176 people on board.
Kiev has not ruled out any explanation for the flight’s demise, Prystaiko said, adding that Iran has been cooperative and that the investigative team has accessed the black boxes retrieved from the wreckage. He said the Ukrainian team could not confirm the photos purporting to show bulldozers working at the crash site.
Prystaiko also denied that either the US or Iran were pressuring Kiev in regard to the investigation. Ukraine will seek compensation for the victims if the crash is determined to be deliberate, he said.
There is no evidence yet that the plane fell victim to a terrorist attack, the foreign minister said. He confirmed it had turned around after “something happened” but did not put forth any possibilities as to why.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2020 13:33:58 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 14, 2020 17:43:03 GMT -5
I honestly don't care, Iran decided to side with Azerbaijan over Armenia
Iran slams Erdogan after Turkish leader recites poem claiming Iranian provinces are part of Republic of Azerbaijan.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2020 13:29
Iran’s FM has blasted the Turkish president after he recited a controversial poem, which laments the separation of the historic region of Azerbaijan between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, during a victory parade in Baku.
Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter on Friday to correct Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had claimed that Iranian provinces in Azerbaijan were part of the Republic of Azerbaijan while reciting a poem.
While the Republic of Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic, Azerbaijan is also the name given to a large area of consisting of three provinces in northwestern Iran.
“Pres. Erdogan was not informed that what he ill-recited in Baku refers to the forcible separation of areas north of Aras from Iranian motherland. Didn’t he realize that he was undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan? NO ONE can talk about OUR beloved Azerbaijan.”
The foreign minister reiterated these sentiments in another, similar tweet in Farsi.
The controversial poem refers to the separation of Azerbaijan between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan along the Aras River.
“They separated the Aras River and filled it with rocks and rods. I will not be separated from you. They have separated us forcibly,” Erdogan said in his recital, during a speech at a Baku victory parade on Thursday.
The Aras River became the northwestern frontier of the Persian Empire and later Iran, following a series of military defeats at the hands of the Russian Empire in the 19th century, leading Qajar Persia to cede all of its territories in the North Caucasus and Transcaucasia to Russia.
During his epic recital, the Turkish leader also mentioned two places, Arg of Tabriz and the Sabalan Mountain, firmly situated in Iranian Azerbaijan.
Erdogan’s recital has sparked outrage across social media platforms, with many Iranian users warning against the Turkish leader’s “neo-Ottoman” ambitions in relation to Iranian territorial integrity.
“Azerbaijan has always been not only the protector of the land of Iran but also one of the founders and main pillars of Iranian civilization. Erdogan’s move should be condemned. But what do those who deliberately ignore things in Iran say about this?” tweeted Abbas Akhoundi, a former Iranian minister.
Iran: Tehran threatens to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa following Gantz comments.
Ruptly Mar 7, 2021
No Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto TV/Iran International TV
Iranian Defence Minister threatened Iran "will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground" if Israel "makes further mistakes," in Tehran, on Sunday.
His remarks come in response to Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz comments saying Israel is working on potential plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites if the world does not stop Iran's 'nuclear escalation'.
Speaking to press Hatami said, "The Zionist regime is not our main enemy, it is not at all the worth and size of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It knows, and if it does not know, it should know that if it makes further mistakes, we will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground."
"I advise and emphasise that they do not make these many mistakes, even by words," he added.
The comments come as US President Joe Biden's administration seeks to rejoin the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
SOT, Amir Hatami, Iranian Defence Minister (Farsi): "The Zionist regime is not our main enemy, it is not at all the worth and size of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It knows, and if it does not know, it should know that if it makes further mistake, we will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground. The command of the commander of all the forces has been carefully executed. If it commits further mistakes, it knows, and if it does not know, it should know that this command is turned into a plan, will be executed with a gesture of the commander. I advise and emphasise that they do not make these many mistakes, even by words."
White Cossack: I wouldn't be surprised. Democrats stand die interracial cuckoldry and LGBTetc rights, so Russia ist their main enemy.
Dec 28, 2020 17:31:32 GMT -5
White Cossack: stand FOR
Dec 28, 2020 17:32:30 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Mega Threads
Dec 29, 2020 16:48:41 GMT -5
White Cossack: What d' yer mean?
Jan 1, 2021 9:46:52 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: oh, i'm merging threads together, was 316 pages, impossible to navigate..
Jan 2, 2021 21:20:59 GMT -5
Slavislav: Well,seems this place is on it's last legs.
Feb 25, 2021 3:15:05 GMT -5
White Cossack: Slavija will live forever.
Feb 27, 2021 17:18:22 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Putin reminds me of Tito. A great leader, nur he should not forget that there will also bei a time after him.
Mar 14, 2021 16:35:38 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Who will rule Russia then?
Mar 14, 2021 16:36:47 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: sergei lavrov i would guess
Mar 14, 2021 18:48:43 GMT -5
ZlatkoLukic: Lavrov is older than RasPutin.
Mar 15, 2021 15:36:02 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: not a fan of Lavrov, but do you trust anyone young? I like Viktor Orban, but he was educated in Soros college, he is one that turned against his teachings...who knows what nonsense since fall of USSR young Russians have taken in? Look at Serbia
Mar 18, 2021 14:59:57 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: again n again Serbia elected 'nationalists' that turned out to be Washington puppets..look at Serbia's president n prime minister...we need men with history of serving the motherland, lets not gamble.
Mar 18, 2021 15:01:20 GMT -5
White Cossack: It seems the USA push for war in U-Krajina.
Apr 2, 2021 9:22:55 GMT -5