Iranian President Raisi condemned the "genocide" in Gaza

Vladimir Putin and Ibrahim Raisi
Vladimir Putin and Ibrahim Raisi / July 19, 2022 / Photo: EPA-EFE/SERGEI SAVOSTYANOV

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accused the West on Thursday of supporting Israel's "genocide" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

In a series of meetings with Middle Eastern leaders devoted to the volatile situation in the region since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas, Putin received the Rais in the Kremlin a day after he was in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia where he discussed the wars in the Gaza Strip and in Ukraine, as well as for oil prices on world markets.

At the beginning of the meeting, Putin said that it is very important to discuss the situation in the Middle East, especially in the Palestinian territories, according to Russian media reports. Through a translator, Raisi replied, "What is happening in Palestine and the Gaza Strip is certainly genocide and a crime against humanity."

Israel rejects all accusations of attacks on civilians, despite the 16 thousand victims in Gaza, almost more than half of whom are children and women, for which it is accused by some Western allies, claiming that its target is Hamas and its fortifications. and not the civilians.

Shiite Iran, which has historically not had very friendly relations with the Sunni Islamist movement Hamas, which is close to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood movement, is giving its declarative support to the aforementioned Palestinian group that rules the Gaza Strip in the current war against Israel.

Russia, on the other hand, has relations and regular communications with all the key players in the Middle East, including the political wing of Hamas and Israel, which reacted sharply to the visit of a Palestinian delegation to Moscow in October shortly after the conflict began. According to some analysts, the war in Gaza has helped Russia turn the world's attention away from the war in Ukraine and allows Moscow to express solidarity with the Palestinians and draw closer to countries in the region.

The West accuses Iran of allegedly enabling Russia to obtain additional weapons for its war in Ukraine, claiming it uses thousands of Iranian drones, but has so far offered no evidence of this, other than pointing to some similarities with Russian drones. The Kremlin reiterated in November that Russia and Iran have been developing close relations for many years "including in the field of military-technical cooperation," but did not see the need to comment again on Washington's allusions that Iran "could provide Russia with ballistic missiles." ", for which they previously blamed North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-un, Putin met in September in the Russian Far East.

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