Iran calls for restraint from Russia and Ukraine
Steph Deschamps / February 22, 2022
Tehran on Tuesday called on Moscow and Kiev to show restraint after Moscow's decision to recognize the independence of the breakaway republics of eastern Ukraine and to deploy Russian troops there.
The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any action that could aggravate tensions, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh said in a statement.
Unfortunately, the provocative interventions and actions of Nato and mainly the United States have complicated the situation in the region, he added, without elaborating. We are following with great attention the issues related to Ukraine, he assured. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered his army to enter the separatist territories in eastern Ukraine after recognizing their independence. The West immediately denounced this decision and announced sanctions against Russia, while a UN official judged that the risk of major conflict was real.