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“We recognize sovereignty and territorial integrity within the framework of international law, which is why, despite excellent relations between Tehran and Moscow, we have not recognized the separation of Crimea and Ukraine,” he said.
“We have not recognized the secession of Luhansk and Donetsk from Ukraine, as we adhere to our consistent principle in foreign policy.”
At the same time, he stressed that Russia’s war against Ukraine is a “difficult situation” caused by “provocations from NATO and Western countries”.
Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is considered one of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s staunchest allies, said Crimea and Donbas are Ukrainian territories and denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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The president added that he had not spoken to Putin for “many months”.
Russia received hundreds of suicide drones from Iran. An Iranian state media source claimed on Dec. 28 that Iran will soon receive 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, likely in exchange for Iranian-made drones and ballistic missiles.
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Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Jan. 13 that Moscow is currently in talks with Tehran about exchanging nuclear technology for Iranian weapons.
“Allowing these processes is a major threat to the world,” he said.
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