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Russia says will keep working with Iran despite US pressures

Iran Press TV

Friday, 23 October 2020 11:37 AM

Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman says Moscow will continue its cooperation with the Islamic Republic despite the US pressures and the difficult situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maria Zakharova said the cooperation between Tehran and Moscow is expanding in all areas at a high level despite the US threats and the virus.

In response to IRNA's question in her weekly press briefing on Thursday, Zakharova said Washington has created hurdles to prevent countries from cooperating with Iran, but Russia will proceed with its technical and military cooperation with the country.

The spokeswoman noted that Moscow and Tehran are also cooperating on international issues such as the Astana talks on Syria peace.

According to Zakharova, Russia and Iran contribute mutually to beneficial partnerships and use the existing high capacities.

She also pointed to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and said Iran and Russia will cooperate to resolve the dispute and ensure security in South Caucasus.

She said Moscow and Tehran have long-standing and friendly relations, and their cooperation has always been for peace, security, and stability in the region.

Since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict in Karabakh, the issue of the war has been discussed and exchanged repeatedly between the leaders of Iran and Russia at the level of presidents and foreign ministers.

"We are witnessing the conformity of Iran and Russia's positions in key conflict cases, including the main one at the current stage, which includes the inevitability of the diplomatic settlement of the conflict and initiation of negotiations to resolve the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia."

"We are confident about Iran's stance and that Iran can convince the two governments that continuation of war and bloodshed is useless and deadly," she added, according to IRNA.

In a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 10, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced support for Moscow's "valuable" efforts that brokered a truce between Armenia and Azerbaijan aimed at ending the fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, saying the Islamic Republic is ready to offer any help and cooperation in this regard.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to offer any help and promote cooperation to settle the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia through dialog and negotiations and based on legal and international norms and respect for countries' territorial integrity," Rouhani said in the phone talks.

He added that Iran basically believes that the Karabakh conflict cannot be solved through war, and described the military conflict between the two neighboring countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia as "very bitter and worrying" for Iran.

"Any possible intervention of some third countries in this conflict will expand and prolong the crisis, and we do not consider it to be in the interests of regional countries," the Iranian president stated.

Earlier this week, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Russia to discuss their countries' dispute, days before heading to Washington for separate meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as heavy fighting over the region is in its fourth week.

Russia has so far brokered two humanitarian ceasefires to bring an end to the deadly conflict that erupted over Karabakh in September. Moscow's efforts for peace, however, failed to stop the fighting as both Yerevan and Baku violated the ceasefires.

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