Russia Slams US "Attempts To Interfere" In Iran After Macron Warns Of "Conflict Of Extreme Brutality"

Russia has joined China in calling for a policy of non-interference in Iran's domestic affairs after a week of unrest has gripped multiple major cities and towns across the country in what started as protests over economic grievances, but which have since increasingly turned to riots and calls for President Rouhani and the clerical regime to step down, resulting in the deaths of at least 22 people, including at least one police officer who was shot dead.

In remarks given to Russia's TASS news agency Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov expressly warned the US "against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran," while stressing, "What is happening there is an internal affair, which attracts the attention of the international community." Russia's stance is similar to that of China's voiced previously on Tuesday. When asked about the Iran protests at a regularly scheduled press conference, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang simply gave a one-sentence answer, saying, “China hopes that Iran can maintain stability and achieve development.”

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Both Russia and China - permanent members of the UN Security Council - have already signed deals worth billions to develop sectors related to travel, energy, and infrastructure, soon after international sanctions were lifted in January 2016 as part of the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by the United Kingdom, United States, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Last August Russia and Iran signed a $2.5 billion deal to jump start the rebuilding of Iran's ailing rail lines. Forbes described Iran as poised for an "infrastructure building bonanza" at a moment when trade with Russia doubled over the course of 2016, which has included the sale of military equipment such as helicopters and various rocket systems, and has also seen Russian oil and gas giants such as Gazprom quickly move into Iran. Both countries have also cooperated militarily in Syria since Russia's entry into the war at the invitation of the Assad government in 2015. 

As we've previously noted, Western firms have been reluctant to invest heavily in Iran with the ever looming possibility of new US sanctions under the Trump administration - a concern now greatly compounded after a week of internal protests in the country considered a longtime enemy especially of both the US and Israel.

In mentioning the overblown and premature attraction of "the attention of the international community" Ryabkov appears to be referencing recent statements issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump, among others. On Wednesday Trump tweeted an ambiguously threatening message, stating, "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!" This came after the State Department issued an official statement at the end of last week which explicitly mentioned "transition of government in Iran." The statement expressed US support for protesters, and further referenced "those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know." 

Though Trump didn't explain what was meant by "great support" this could mean any one or more scenarios involving new sanctions, lobbying the UN to condemn Tehran authorities, threatening military action, or giving official or covert support to opposition factions both in exile and on the ground. Trump's most recent Iran tweet followed an equally inflammatory declaration that, "Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!" Vice President Pence has also weighed in. He stated Wednesday after penning a Washington Post op-ed pledging support to the people of Iran, "Today, the Iranian people are once again rising up to demand freedom and opportunity, and under President Trump, the United States is standing with them. This time, we will not be silent." 

Russian Deputy FM Ryabkov's response touched on the Iran deal in relation to the heightened international rhetoric. He stated, "However, despite numerous attempts to distort the essence of what is going on, I am certain that our neighbor, the country that is friendly to us, will be able to overcome the current difficulties and emerge from the current period as a stronger country and a reliable partner in solving various problems, including those related to the further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)."

"All the terms, timeframes and frameworks that were set in the JCPOA were the result of very difficult and very lengthy negotiations," the senior diplomat further explained, recalling what Russia sees as recent US maneuvers to undermine the deal. "Therefore, taking out of the package arbitrarily only what suits the Americans and demanding amending those provisions, which, for some reasons that are unknown to us, do not suit the Americans is a destructive approach. It can undermine the agreement reached with difficulty."

Ryabkov also accused the US of intentionally using the current Iran unrest to try to undermine the sustainability of the JCPOA, charging, "The current situation when Washington yields to temptation to take advantage of the moment to bring up new questions with regard to the JCPOA testifies to a deliberate attempt to undermine the global community’s commitment to the JCPOA. That does no credit to our American counterparts."

On Monday, Israeli PM Netanyahu delivered a televised message directed at Iran via YouTube wishing "the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom" - this after authorities in Tehran accused protest leaders of serving the interests of and being in league with foreign "enemies" like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

"I heard today Iran's President Rouhani's claim that Israel is behind the protests in Iran," said Netanyahu in the video. "It's not only false. It's laughable - unlike Rouhani, I will not insult the Iranian people. Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. The seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades." Both Trump and Netanyahu's statements have possibly given Iran greater reason to fear that internal unrest could gain momentum through being supported by outside forces - though new reports suggest that popular protests could be dying down

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Meanwhile Iran responded to US statements in a formal letter to the United Nations, slamming Trump's "absurd tweets" and complaining that Washington is intervening "in a grotesque way in Iran's internal affairs" while accusing Trump and Pence of personally stirring up trouble and inciting "Iranians to engage in disruptive acts." The letter to UN officials by Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo further charged that the US leaders have "crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of international law governing the civilized conduct of international relations."

And it appears that Iran has at least one Western voice of support to its argument that rhetoric from the US and its allies is unnecessarily and dangerously ratcheting up the situation. On Wednesday's France's President Emmanuel Macron blasted statements from Washington and Israel, telling reporters"The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war." He charged that some countries seemed to be engaged in a “deliberate strategy” to undermine the JCPOA. 

“Otherwise, we end up surreptitiously rebuilding an ‘axis of evil’,” Macron said in reference to an infamous phrase by former President George W. Bush, who used the phrase to describe countries including Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Macron further warned of going down a path of a "conflict of extreme brutality" should US pressures on Iran continue. 

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Ghost of PartysOver The_Juggernaut Jan 4, 2018 1:34 PM Permalink

Exactly.  But most people do not understand the huge level of investment made by China in Iran.  Russia is more about controlling pipelines and creating unrest driving the price of Nat Gas.  I will have to get out my Program to confirm the player stats but I think Iran, Qatar, UAE, or some other country are birds of a feather when it comes to energy, as opposed to SA.

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Greed is King svayambhu108 Jan 4, 2018 3:25 PM Permalink

That`s why all the blacks murdered by the police, and all the destitute people barely existing in cities like Detroit, Chicago, London and Liverpool are ignored by the Ruling Neo-Con Globalist Elite, they`re not human beings, not as far as the Rulers are concerned that is; the only member of the Elite who takes any notice of such non-humans is Saurus, and only because to him they`re useful, cheap and expendable pawns to further his nefarious schemes.

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NiggaPleeze The_Juggernaut Jan 4, 2018 3:00 PM Permalink

 

Actually both Russia and China, not being Imperialist War-Mongers of the ((Empire)), consistently defend the sovereignty of nations.

What was the US response to the protesters currently protesting the Poroshenko regime in Ukraine or the Netanyahu regime in Israel?  Crickets?

What was US response to Saudi bombing of Yemen?  More weapons?

What was US response to peaceful protests in Bahrain, etc.?  Send in more weapons?

Meanwhile, the US cries like a little sissy bitch if some "foreigner" is accused of buying $1,000 in Facebook ads.

It doesn't get more pathetic and evil than the ((US Empire)).

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HominyTwin shuckster Jan 4, 2018 2:17 PM Permalink

"Iran is militarily a threat to both the US and Israel."

 

Can you fucking look at a map before you make such a stupid statement? Iran is several thousand miles away from the US, and has no ability to project power anywhere close to our borders. Their proxies in the ME are a threat to Israel. Israel brought this upon themselves. Hezbollah would not exist were it not for their stupid invasion of Lebanon in the 80'. Learn some history and geography before you voice your stupid opinion here.

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veritas semper… Tiritmenhrta Jan 4, 2018 1:12 PM Permalink

The Donald's little tweeting bird brain can not see the irony of interfering in such a crass way into Iran's internal affairs,after he complained for 2 years about being accused of colluding with the Russians.

The Iranian protest have died out. There were massive pro government rallies,not shown on our fake news MSM.

The Iranian government said that it arrested EUROPEANS conducting the protests.did not say which country.I bet it is the pirate and buccaneer nation of Britain(one of the main heads of the Beast)

All this American/Israhelli interference will only make the Iranian hard core anti American,anti Western opposition stronger,gaining more support,as the current moderate government has shown the Iranian population that,they can not trust and make deals with the Americans.(they should have known this by now)

It also showed to the whole world,again,that the Americans do not respect any international law,treaty,and use those(and the human rights,blah,blah talking points)only when they benefit them.

This was such a monumentally  stupid move(it was too obvious,too unprepared,too hypocritical,too  desperate without thinking of the consequences)that it was only surpassed by the Jerusalem f*ck up one.

 

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NiggaPleeze gdpetti Jan 4, 2018 3:06 PM Permalink

 

Like the videos of massive protests in Bahrain (which were violently crushed with the full support of Israel and the US) attributed to Iran?  https://www.rt.com/news/414915-iran-protest-fake-news-videos/

Social media is replete with fake videos.

Obviously if the war criminals in charge of the ((Empire)) actually cared about Iranians, they would not put sanctions on things such as medicines that kill ordinary Iranians.  No, what the ((Empire's)) war criminals seek to do is, like the Israeli treatment of Gaza, torment and murder the people in the hope they will blame their own government and overthrow it in favor of a vassal state.

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AllBentOutOfShape Tiritmenhrta Jan 4, 2018 4:47 PM Permalink

Trump and the US are openly meddling in Iranian affairs to destabilize the country while at the same time they continue to punish Russia for allegedly doing the same to America without any proof being given.

In the meantime, Sean Hannity is on FOX talking to an Iranian "opposition" figure suggesting the US may need to start giving WEAPONS to his fellow protesters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdqAtpPhlLs&feature=youtu.be&t=2m47s

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IH8OBAMA Jan 4, 2018 12:07 PM Permalink

Fuck 'em.  We'll be at war with NK and China soon and Putin will use that distraction to adventure into Ukraine or somewhere in Europe.  Enjoy the Olympics first, though.

 

shuckster Max Hunter Jan 4, 2018 1:29 PM Permalink

"Using Ukraine to distract Russia". That's total horseshit. America has no interest in Ukraine whatsoever. Ukraine is an after thought. Not even an after thought. It's an after after thought. The US has been completely forthcoming with Russia. Russia needs to focus on itself and stop bludgening America with rhetoric and threats. Are the Russians so dumb so as to believe America actually wants to go to war with them or are they just being cave men and not realizing that America is extending the olive branch. No surprise that the word "slavic" is latin for slave. Slavs have the mindset of a slave, dumb and violent

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Justin Case IH8OBAMA Jan 4, 2018 1:00 PM Permalink

Ukraine still owes Russia $5billion, but Ukraine still gets gas from Russia. They could cut them off if Putin was an asshole like merica. Let mericans deal with the issues they caused in Ukraine? Well you can see how they help them after the coup. Ukraine? Where is that? Never heard of it? Putin is a great statesman. Should be Times man of the year.

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NiggaPleeze driftr Jan 4, 2018 3:13 PM Permalink

 

You are right Ukrainians revolted against their extremely corrupt government.

But what the US did was sponsor a violent coup and replace the government with a brutal, violent, and equally corrupt government. 

Now that the people are protesting against this new corrupt government, as it is a vassal of the ((Empire)), the US takes no interest in those protests, and you don't hear anything about it in the ((MSM)).  If they were to become organized, instead of handing out cookies, the US would send in rubber bullets, water cannon and batons, cheering while they were used to crush dissent, same as US does when citizens of the ((Empire)) protest anywhere (including in the US itself).

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Mike Masr shuckster Jan 4, 2018 4:12 PM Permalink

Yes, Ukraine's people revolted with a lot of help from the US!

Just imagine what would happen if Russia fomented, paid for, and assisted in a violent overthrow of the legitimately and democratically elected government in Mexico. Imagine Russian spymasters working from the Russian Embassy in Mexico City  training  radicals how to use social media to bring out angry people and foment violent pubic unrest. Then Russian Duma members in Mexico City handing out tacos, and tamales emboldening and urging these angry people to violence and anarchy to overthrow the legitimate democratically elected government. Then Putin's executive group hand picking all the new (anti-USA) puppet leaders of Mexico and an old senile Russian senator with a brain tumor in Mexico City stating on RT, there are no drug cartels here!

On the other side of the world Obama's neocon warmongers spent billions doing exactly this. Instead of drug cartels it was Banderist Neo-Nazis. Obama and our neocons, including John McCain intentionally caused all of this fucking mess, civil war and horrific death in Ukraine right on Russia’s door step and then placed all the blame for it on Putin and Russia.    

Thanks to John McCain and our evil fucking neocons - the regime change policy implemented by Obama, Clinton and Nuland's minions, like Geoffrey Pyatt, the Ukraine today is totally fucked. It is now a banana republic embroiled in a civil war. For the US and NATO the golden prize of this violent undemocratic regime change was supposed to be the Crimea. This scheme did not play out as intended. No matter what sanctions the warmongering neocons place on Russia they will NEVER give back the Crimea!

Our neocon fuck heads spent billions of our hard earned taxpayer dollars to create pain, suffering, death and a civil war inside Ukraine on Russia's border!

                                                                                         

Tech Camp NGO operating out of the US Embassy in Kiev (using social media to help bring out radicals-cause civil war-pre Maidan 2013)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9hOl8TuBUM 

Neocon-Nuland talks about $5 billion spent on Ukraine 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaR1_an9CnQ 

Nuland plotting(on intercepted phone call) the handpicked Junta Puppet leaders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL_GShyGv3o

US Support of Banderist Neo-Nazis in Ukraine (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-RyOaFwcEw 

Lavrov reminded UN a West-inspired coup d’état started Ukraine crisis, not Russia

 https://www.rt.com/op-edge/404247-un-lavrov-ukraine-sanctions/

 

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veritas semper… Mike Masr Jan 4, 2018 4:21 PM Permalink

Very good,but you forgot one important aspect:the hired Georgian snipers,by the current Ukrainian government representatives,to shoot both police and protesters.

As seen in the documentary on the Italian TV. with confessions from them.100 people died,killed by the Empire,through  its minions.

then ,there was the Odessa massacre,which killed how many (100,more?) to crush dissent and the war on Donbass,which killed thousands.

Those are war crimes

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veritas semper… shuckster Jan 4, 2018 4:14 PM Permalink

Look at the documentary presented by Italian TV channel ,with confessions from the Georgian snipers,hired by the current Ukrainian government,the one supported by the US(see Victoria Nudelman Kagan)where they confess of being hired to shoot at both police and demonstrators ,and so to blame Yanukovych.

Not a peep about this here,in the US(or UK/Israhell)

How about this?

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Mike Masr veritas semper… Jan 4, 2018 4:30 PM Permalink

Yes, I agree with you. Knew about these. The Ukro Nazis are without mercy as they wantonly shell elementary schools, hospitals and apartments. The US and Canada will be sending them offensive weapons so they can commit more genocide. If your native tongue is Russian you are subhuman to these Banderist devil scum and deserve death.

The forces of Novorossiya have the manpower, sophisticated weapons, ammunition and tanks to steamroll across the Ukraine all the way to Kiev. They also have missiles that can take out all opposing aviation and US drones. It's time they put an end to this madness. Go to Kiev, liberate the people and hang all the corrupt puppets.

   

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