Iran FM again calls for ‘political solution’ to resolve Ukraine crisis
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian has underlined the need for a “political solution” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, saying the Islamic Republic continues to enhance consultations between Russia and the former Soviet state to achieve the goal.
Amir-Abdullahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto on Friday, during which the two diplomats exchanged views on the growing trend of bilateral relations, international issues of common concern and the Ukraine crisis.
Pointing to the conflict in Ukraine and stressing Iran’s principled stance of rejecting wars and sanctions, Amir-Abdullahian said, “The Islamic Republic urges focus on a political solution to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and in this regard, continues the efforts and consultations between Moscow and Kiev to strengthen and advance the political solution to speed up the resolution of this crisis.”
The top Iranian diplomat also said Tehran helps ensure energy security and food security across the world following the war in Ukraine, adding, “We have had discussions with Russian and Ukrainian authorities in this regard.”
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of the goals of what he called a “special military operation” was to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.
Two days prior to the military operation, Moscow had officially recognized the two breakaway regions as independent republics. Luhansk has already fallen under the full control of Russian forces.
Since the onset of the operation, the United States and its European allies have supplied billions of dollars worth of weaponry to Ukraine and imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow, despite Russia’s repeated warnings that it will only prolong the war.