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Supreme Leader: Iran supports ending war in Ukraine

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Mar 1, 2022

Tehran, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday described Ukraine as victim of US crisis-making policy, but said that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports ending the war in Ukraine.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks addressing Iranians and Muslim people all across the world on Tuesday on the occasion of Eid al-Mab'ath (the day when Prophet Mohammad was appointed prophet by God).

"Iran supports ending the war in Ukraine. We want the war to be ended there, but the solution to any crisis is only possible if the root cause is identified. The root of the crisis in Ukraine are the US policies that create crisis and Ukraine is a victim of these policies."

We are against war and destruction anywhere in the world and do not agree with killing people and destroying infrastructure, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei described the ISIS as the US' pet dog and stressed the fact that the US has driven Ukraine to this point.

"The US dragged Ukraine to where it is now. By interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs, creating color revolutions, and toppling one government and putting another in power, the US dragged Ukraine into this situation," the Supreme Leader said.

"Ukraine's situation has two important lessons. Governments that rely on the US and Europe should know their support is a mirage and not real. Today's Ukraine is yesterday's Afghanistan. Both countries' presidents said they relied on US and Western governments but were left alone," he noted.

"The people are governments' most important support. This is the second lesson from Ukraine's situation. If the people of Ukraine had been involved, the Ukrainian government wouldn't be in this situation. The people didn't get involved because they didn't approve of the government," he stated.

"The US is a manifestation of modern ignorance, discrimination, oppression and creating crises in the world today. Basically, the US regime creates crises, lives off crises and feeds on various crises in the world. Ukraine is another victim of this policy."

"The US regime is a mafia regime. Political, economic, and all sorts of mafias control their country and bring presidents into power. They create crises in the world to maximize their profits," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He emphasized that many types of immorality, which were common among the ignorant Arabs of that time, exist in a more organized, extreme fashion in today's so-called civilized western world.

The Supreme Leader stated, "The basis of life in western civilization is greed and avarice. The foundation for all western values rests on money at the present time. Morality, spirituality and everything else are measured with money. Governments' common policies support discrimination and the enrichment of companies and cartels."

Ayatollah Khamenei added, "Of course, this modern ignorance is not the same everywhere in the world. A clear, complete example of modern ignorance is the US in my opinion."

Expanding on the topic of the deplorable situation of the spread of moral decadence in the US and the increasing discrimination in that country, he said: "Basically, the US regime is a regime that generates crises. It feeds on crisis. The mafia networks of power that exist inside the United States feed on the crises that occur throughout the world."

Describing the US regime as a mafia regime, Ayatollah Khamenei stated, "All sorts of mafias - including political, economic and weapon manufacturing mafias - control that country. Behind the scenes, they bring individuals to power and eliminate others from the field. These mafias even bring presidents to power. This mafia regime has a need for various crises to be ongoing in different parts of the world. Therefore, they create them. Notice how many crises they have created in West Asia."

He stressed that the ISIL and its crimes were created by that mafia regime. In referring to the issue of Ukraine, he said, "In my opinion, Ukraine is a victim of this policy as well... It was the US that dragged Ukraine to this point. Naturally, interfering in the internal affairs of that country, organizing rallies against governments, launching color revolutions, the presence of American Senators among the demonstrators, and toppling one government and putting another in power lead to such crises."

The Supreme Leader emphasized that Iran is opposed to war, and he stated, "We are definitely opposed to war and destruction, wherever in the world it may take place. This is our unchanging opinion. We do not agree with killing the people and destroying nations' infrastructures."

In referring to the sick logic of the US regime and the killing of innocent people in the name of fighting terrorism, he said, "We are not like the west who claims that dropping bombs on a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan and turning their celebration into a funeral ceremony is fighting terrorism. According to their logic, this is not a crime. Such is their logic in Afghanistan and in Iraq."

Referring to the US's ongoing crimes throughout the world, Ayatollah Khamenei posed these major questions: "What is the US doing in eastern Syria? Why is it stealing Syria's oil? Why do the Americans steal Afghanistan's money? Why do they usurp Afghanistan's national wealth? Why do they defend the crimes committed day and night by the Zionists in West Asia?"

The Supreme Leader stated that these actions are carried out in the name of human rights. Expanding on Iran's position, he said, "We are not like they are that they express a positive opinion with regard to an event when it happens in one area, but express a different opinion regarding a similar event that happens elsewhere."

Explaining the double standard of the US, Ayatollah Khamenei stated, "It is eight years now that the people of Yemen have been under continual bombardment. The West does not condemn this, on the contrary, they even support it - verbally, with their propaganda, with their media and physical support. This is how they are."

Repeating his opposition to the war in Ukraine, the Supreme Leader explained that the solution to the crisis lies in identifying its root cause, "The root cause of the Ukraine crisis is the US and western policies. These roots must be recognized and then based on these a judgment can be made. If we wanted to take action, we would do so based on such a judgment."

At the end of his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke of the lessons that one can learn from the events in Ukraine, "I wish to speak about two of these lessons. One is that the western powers' support of the governments that they themselves have placed in power is a mirage. It is not true. All governments should realize this."

He referred to Ukraine and Afghanistan as being examples of this first lesson. He also spoke about the second lesson one can learn from the events in Ukraine and said, "And the second lesson is that the people are the most important source of support for a government. If the people had been involved in Ukraine, the Ukrainian government and the people would not be in this situation today."


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