Russia has accused the U.S. of trying to provoke a war in Iran. The accusation came after the US deployed an additional 1000 soldiers in the Middle East. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that his country had repeatedly warned Washington and its regional allies against the exacerbating tensions in the region.
Ryabkov pointed his finger at “unending and sustained U.S. attempts to crank up political, psychological, economic and yes military pressure on Iran in quite a provocative way. They (U.S. actions) cannot be assessed as anything but a conscious course to provoke war”
The comments were echoed by China which expressed its deep concern about the increased tensions in the region.
We call on all sides to remain rational and exercise restraint, and not take any escalatory actions that irritate regional tensions, and not open a Pandora’s Box, said China’s senior diplomate Wang Yi said.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are rising following explosions on two tankers near the Strait of Hormu, through which 20% of the world’s oil passes. Washington has accused Tehran of being behind the attacks, accusations that were strongly denied by Iran. Japan has also cast doubt on how the attack on the tankers actually occurred.