Aug 5, 2021, 3:12 PM
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West using maritime incidents to ransom Iran: Russian expert

Moscow, IRNA - Leveling baseless allegations against Iran on recent maritime incidents by the Western powers indicates that the West led by the US wants to ransom Iran when it comes to political differences, a Russian analyst opines.

Gevorg Mirzayan, a Russian expert in Middle East affairs, referred to a recent attack on an Israel-owned oil tanker named 'Mercer Street', saying that "the Western states and Israel accused Tehran of being behind in the attack, while they have no document to prove the allegation". 

Mirzayan, who is also an international reporter, believes that such behaviors show the Western states' plan to gain concessions from the Islamic Republic of Iran because they want to put pressure on the new Iranian administration under President Ebrahim Raisi to show a flexible stance when it comes to political bargaining.

The university professor also did not rule out the possibility that the West may resort to such false flag tactics such as the attack on 'Mercer Street' vessel and another incident in Asphalt Princess oil tanker in order to pave the way for putting more pressure on Iran ahead of a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria.

He further called on the new Iranian administration to be ready to react to problems that the West will create.

A series of security incidents for the ships in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in recent days, which are very suspicious and there is no official document about the sources of the incidents.
Russia-Iran cooperation during Raisi's government.

Mirzayan went on to say that Moscow and Tehran should expand their collaborations in order to be able to confront challenges and threats ahead.

Pointing to the International North-South Transport Corridor, he emphasized that Russia and Iran can pursue extensive cooperation to implement the project and help transfer commodities through a shorter corridor, which will cut down the distance between India to northern Europe at least by 10 days. 

The two countries can play a key role in resolving security issues in the region in particular in the Caucasus, he concluded. 

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