Iran Calls for Russia and Turkey to Show Restraint

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for Russia and Turkey to show restraint over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish military.

The governments of Russia and Turkey should follow up on the issue of downing of the Russian plane “with insight and prevent the recurrence of such incidents through prudence and patience,” President Rouhani said.

The Iranian president also urged all countries to prepare for the battle against terrorism to establish stability in the region.

He further described actions similar to the downing of the Russian plane as “extremely dangerous” and “provocative” and said the consequences of such measures “legally rest with the initiator.”

The Iranian president also called for Turkey to seriously take care of the tense situation in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said increasing tension in war-hit Syria will send a “wrong signal” to terrorist groups that they can go on with their crimes.

In a telephone conversation, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, discussed the latest Syrian developments, including Turkey’s recent downing of a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border.

Zarif told Lavrov that such incidents will further “escalate the tension and complicate the situation” in Syria and send a wrong signal to terrorist groups” that they can continue their terrorist acts against Syria and other parts of the world by taking advantage of the rift between influential players.

Zarif stressed that the incident once again highlights Syria’s critical situation, the impact of developments in the Arab country on international peace and security, and the need for a united global front against terrorism.

“The Iranian foreign minister also reiterated that the success of anti-terror bids depends on the existence of a united regional and international will and determination in dealing with terrorism.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister also said the recent escalation of tensions between Moscow and Ankara over Turkey's downing of a Russian jet can be settled through mutual discretion and prudence.

“I am confident that the problem that has recently emerged between two of our neighboring and friend countries in the region will be settled through the two sides’ prudence and discretion, and all of us will be able to fight the main problem in the region and in the world, namely terrorism,” Zarif said.

He also called for the further promotion of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Ankara, saying that constant consultations between the two sides would play a positive role in finding solutions to issues facing the region and the Muslim world, which is now in a “very sensitive and complicated” situation.

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also said Turkey made a “big mistake” shooting down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border.

He also criticized the stance taken by US President Barack Obama and his administration, saying, “Obama’s support of this action is an even bigger mistake that further intensifies the conflicts in the region.”

Broaching the subject of Takfiri terrorism in the region, Larijani said that some regional and Western countries support these groups supposing that they can use the conflicts in the region to achieve their own objectives.

Russia dismisses Ankara’s claims and says the fighter jet was downed in the Syrian airspace, where the Russian air force has been carrying out combat sorties against Takfiri terrorists since September 30 upon a request by the Syrian government.

*Photo Credit: Press TVISNA