Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei. Together, they lambasted U.S.’s stance on Syria, particularly on President Bashar al-Assad.
The two leaders both opposed U.S. attempts to dictate political solutions to Syria, saying that the Syrian people must solely decide and put their own political settlement in as far as Mr. al-Assad is concerned.
“As your Excellency stated, the Americans are seeking to obtain the goals that they have failed to materialize through the clashes in Syria at the negotiating table and we are taking note of this issue,” Mr. Putin said as quoted by FARS News Agency. “Unlike certain parties, we are committed to never stab our partners in the back or take any behind-the-stage move against our friends and to resolve any differences that may arise through dialogue,” he said, adding that their position about the Syrian president is very close. The Russian president reiterated that the Syrian people are the ones who should decide the government structure and fate of Mr. al-Assad.
Mr. Putin then stressed the trust he has for Iran. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is an independent and solid strong country with very good prospects, and we see you as a trustworthy and reliable ally in the region and the world,” he said. He then gifted Mr. Khamenei with an ancient copy of the Quran to show how he understands the Supreme Leader’s faith.
His statements came as he reiterated, for several times in the past weeks, his willingness to work both with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama in their operation in Syria. Both Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama made the move to cement ties with the Russian president to intensify the fight against ISIS.
Ayatollah Khamenie described Mr. Putin as a well-known political figure around the world. The Iranian leader then condemned the U.S. as a threat against Russia, Iran and other nations.
“America’s long-term scheme for the [Middle East] region is detrimental to all nations and countries, particularly Iran and Russia, and it should be thwarted through vigilance and closer interaction. Under a long-term scheme, the Americans are determined to dominate Syria and then extend their control over the region [in a bid] to fill the historical void of not having dominance on West Asia, which this scheme poses a threat to all nations and countries, particularly Russia and Iran,” the Supreme Leader said as quoted by IRNA. He then reiterated their view that the U.S. does not have the right to ignore Syrian votes and elections.
Curiously, copies of the leaders’ statements were nowhere to be found on the official website of the Russian president. The website usually publishes transcripts of remarks made by Mr. Putin.
The speech made by Mr. Putin after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was published however. In it, Mr. Putin announced that Russia will continue its beneficial cooperation in nuclear energy as well as help process enriched uranium and convert manufacturing plants to create stable isotopes for research purposes.