A senior Russian official today declared that Iran ‘won’t be alone’ if the United States attacks the Islamic theocracy over provocations in the Persian Gulf. Russia has long been close to Tehran, mainly as a target for weapons sales, and for help keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.
“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow, reported The Moscow Times.
When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”
“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it.”
Cracks have started to show however in the relationship between Moscow and Tehran over Iran’s support for terrorist action in the Middle East and Iran’s desire to push Russian troops out of Syria in favor of Iranian proxy forces.
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