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Putin Soldifies Support for Iran in Phone Call with Ibrahim Raisi, Supports Iran’s Right to Defend Itself

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conference on April 16, 2024, regarding the growing tension in West Asia (middle east), according to Iranian media sources. 

Raisi initiated the phone call where the two presidents discussed in detail the situation “escalated by Israel’s airstrike at the Iranian diplomatic mission in Damascus and Iran’s retaliation measures.”

The statement further said, “Vladimir Putin expressed hope that all sides will exercise sensible restraint and will not allow a new round of confrontation that may be fraught with disastrous consequences for the entire region,” the press statement read.

Earlier this month, the Israeli regime attacked the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, which killed a senior commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Reza Zahedi, among others. 

Iran then retaliated by launching a historical strike against the occupation entity in the early hours of April 14, firing hundreds of ballistic cruise missiles and drones. 

Raisi then confirmed that Iran’s retaliatory mission, now dubbed as Operation “True Promise“ was forced and limited in nature, noting that Tehran is not interested in further escalating tensions in the region.

“To those countries that have adopted double standards in the face of the crimes of the Zionist regime and express concerns about escalating tensions in the region, we advise them to rather stop supporting the Zionist’s genocide and crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people to preserve peace and stability in the region,” Raisi said, while thanking Russia for its support. 

Russia’s representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said Iran’s response was justified during a recent UN Security Council meeting, in that it “did not happen in a vacuum.”

Putin denounced the attack on the Iranian consulate, stating, “What the Islamic Republic of Iran did in response to that act that happened criminally and in light of the inaction of the Security Council was the best way to punish the aggressor and represented the tactfulness and rationality of Iran’s politicians.”

Putin also believes that Tehran “is one of the main pillars of stability and security in the region.”

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