Iran on Friday threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for oil shipments from the Middle East. The warning comes in response to the US, which is trying to cut off Iranian crude exports.
From Moscow, Supreme leader’s senior adviser for international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati said his country will retaliate.
“The most transparent, complete and prompt response was given by Mr [Hassan] Rouhani, the Iranian president, in his last trip to Europe. The response was clear: if Iran cannot export oil through the Persian Gulf, no-one will do this,” Velayati said, speaking at the Valdai discussion club in Russia.
“Either everyone will export, or no-one,” he added.
Meanwhile, Velayati announced that his country coordinates its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus.
Velayati said Iran and Russia’s presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America’s aggression.
They “will immediately leave if Iraqi and Syrian governments want it, not because of Israel and America’s pressure,” he added.
“The process of developing relations between Iran and Russia is not one-sided and therefore, the irrelevant, meaningless and interventionist claims made by Netanyahu do not affect Iran-Russia relations,” he said.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team