April 25, 2024

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised his nation’s relations with Iran at a gathering along with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, as the 2 mentioned the Israel-Hamas warfare within the Gaza Strip.

Since launching its assault on Ukraine in February 2022, Moscow has sought to deepen its financial and political ties with Tehran, each of which have been sanctioned by the West.

“Our relationships are creating very properly. Please convey my greatest needs to chief [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei,” Putin advised Raisi, referring to Iran’s head of state.

“Due to his help, we have now gained good momentum over the previous 12 months,” Putin stated.

Western international locations have accused Tehran of supporting Russia’s offensive in Ukraine by offering it with massive portions of drones and different weaponry.

The 2 additionally mentioned the two-month-long Israel-Hamas warfare, which has drastically ratcheted up tensions between Israel and Arab states within the Center East. Iran is a key supporter of Hamas and hailed the Gaza-ruling terror group’s onslaught in southern Israel on October 7, when Palestinian terrorists slaughtered some 1,200 folks and took round 240 hostages after storming the border beneath the quilt of heavy rocket hearth.

On this photograph launched by the Iranian Presidency Workplace, President Ebrahim Raisi, proper, greets the chief of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh at first of their assembly at his workplace in Tehran, Iran, on June 20, 2023. (Iranian Presidency Workplace through AP, File)

Iranian leaders have threatened to broaden the warfare in Gaza, and a few armed teams it helps — together with Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group and the Houthi rebels in Yemen — have launched repeated assaults towards Israel. Iran-backed militias have additionally attacked US forces in Iraq and Syria amid the preventing in Gaza.

“It is rather necessary for us to change views on the scenario within the area, particularly with regard to the scenario in Palestine,” Putin stated.

Putin spoke with Israeli and Arab leaders shortly after the warfare started and has sought to place himself as a possible peace mediator between the warring sides. However Putin, as soon as an in depth Israeli ally, has been sharply vital of Israel for the reason that warfare launched, as ties between Moscow and Jerusalem have soured following Israel’s help for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.

Putin has repeatedly criticized the Jewish state’s offensive, referred to as for assist to Gaza and urged a ceasefire. In a single comment that was considered by some as significantly stinging, Putin in contrast the “unacceptable” Israeli siege of Gaza to the Nazi blockade of Leningrad, which was seen by some as implicitly likening Israel to Nazi Germany.

Final month, The Wall Road Journal reported that the US is worried Russian paramilitary group Wagner may present Hezbollah with a sophisticated air protection system.

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