Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, April 29, 2020 (Excerpts)

Incident with U.S. Warships off the Coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf
April 29, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Russia
  • United States


We can understand Tehran’s sharp criticism of the American warships that were making dangerous and provocative manoeuvres close to Iran in the Persian Gulf on April 15.

We would like to point out that Moscow has always regarded stability and security in the Persian Gulf as a key factor in the broader situation in the region. This logic underlies our popular initiative on collective regional security.

We call on our partners to show maximum restraint and caution, to resist provocations and disregard aggressive rhetoric, and, of course, to act in strict compliance with the relevant international norms and rules.

We are convinced that illegal unilateral actions that are preventing many countries from saving the lives of their citizens should be suspended now for humanitarian reasons. Instead of making manoeuvres, it would be much better to create humanitarian aid corridors.