Putin called on the Middle East to refrain from moves that would cause a new conflict, which would have catastrophic consequences

Putin, who has strengthened ties with Iran since sending Russian troops to Ukraine in 2022, spoke by phone with Iran's president, Ebrahim Raisi, about Iran's attack on Israel, which the Kremlin called "retaliatory measures."

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Putin, Photo: Reuters
Putin, Photo: Reuters
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on all parties in the Middle East to refrain from moves that would trigger a new conflict, which would have catastrophic consequences, the Kremlin said, according to Reuters.

Putin, who has strengthened ties with Iran since sending Russian troops to Ukraine in 2022, spoke by phone with Iran's president, Ebrahim Raisi, about Iran's attack on Israel, which the Kremlin called "retaliatory measures."

Late on April 13, Iran launched drones and missiles at Israel in retaliation for an Israeli attack on its consulate in Syria on April 1 that killed seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including two commanders.

Iran considers Israel responsible for this attack, which, however, neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the incident.

In his first public comment on the Iranian attack on Israel, Putin said that the main cause of the current instability in the Middle East is the "unresolved conflict between the Palestinians and Israel."

The Kremlin said Putin hoped all sides would show restraint and prevent a new round of conflict.

Raisi, as stated in the announcement, said that Iran's actions were of a limited nature and that "Tehran is not interested in further escalation of tensions".

Russia, which has forged close ties with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Arab leaders such as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has repeatedly criticized the West for ignoring the need for an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

Putin and Raisi confirmed the views of Russia and Iran that an immediate end to the conflict in the Gaza Strip is needed, as well as solving the difficult humanitarian situation and creating conditions for a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The United States of America (USA) considers the increasingly strong partnerships between Russia, China, Iran and North Korea to be one of the most dangerous challenges of the last four decades.

Iran supplied Russia with a large number of ballistic missiles and drones, which Moscow used in the war in Ukraine, which began in February 2022.

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