Putin Speaks out on Trump’s Decision to Increase Sanctions on Iran

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The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized Wednesday’s decision by US President Donald Trump to tighten sanctions against Iran.

Iran was accused of attacking two Saudi oil mills on Sunday, which would have depleted the world’s oil reserves, but Vladimir Putin was the big winner of the incident, according to an expert who spoke to Express.co.uk.

The United States claimed to have evidence that Iran was the architect of the attacks, although they reject any responsibility. Tensions in the Middle East are increasing after Iran and the current American nuclear activity dispute are being followed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he had instructed the Ministry of Finance to “tighten up” sanctions against Iran. It was not clear when Trump asked the finance minister Steven Mnuchin. Since then, oil prices have fallen, Saudi Arabia said production would return faster than normal.

The Saudi Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the remains of drones and rockets recovered by investigators testify to Iran’s guilt. The Saudi coalition spokesperson, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said at a press conference in Riyadh that all military components from oil mills recovered “point to Iran.”

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin described the possibility of an armed conflict between the US and Iran as a “disaster” that would lead to an outbreak of violence and an increase in the number of refugees.

He described Iran as “a Shi’a nation … ready to defend its country to the end.”

“It is very difficult to predict what will happen if the forces are deployed,” he said.

In his annual phone-in event, Putin said he was worried about Iran’s dismantling of an American UAV this week, and concerned that the US would not have ruled out the use of military force against Tehran in the current crisis between the two countries. He said:

“I’ll say it openly, it would be a disaster, at least for the region.” 

Putin met with with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on Monday. He quoted Surah Al Imran from the Holy Quran.

“And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers.”

The Russian president quoted verse 103 of the surah.

Putin also mentioned another another verse of the Quran in which he stated that the use of power was only legitimate in the context of self-defense, and joked that Saudi Arabia bought Russian air defense systems, as Iran and Turkey had already done. The verse quoted in the Quran was verse 190 from Sure al-Baqara:

“Fight in the way of Allah those who fight against you, but do not aggress. Allah does not love the aggressors.”

 

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