Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says recourse to diplomacy and promotion of dialogue constitute the best way to resolve the current crisis in Ukraine, reiterating the Islamic Republic’s opposition to war in any part of the world.
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Thursday phone call with his Serbian counterpart, Nikola Selakovic, during which the two sides discussed bilateral relations as well as the most important international developments, including the ongoing Russian military operation in neighboring Ukraine.
Referring to the latest moves by the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with regard to the war in Ukraine, Iran’s foreign minister said “diplomatic path, dialogue and prevention of further spread of war constitute the most real way” to settle the Ukrainian crisis.
Iran’s top diplomat also reiterated the Islamic Republic’s opposition to war and imposition of unilateral sanctions on countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” on February 24 to demilitarize Donetsk and Luhansk, largely populated by ethnic Russians, in eastern Ukraine.
The United States and its European allies have labeled the military operation as “Putin’s land grab,” imposing unprecedented sanctions on Moscow, which stresses that it will halt the operation instantly if Kiev meets Russia’s list of demands, including never applying to join NATO.