Iranian Ayatollah parrots Kremlin propaganda

20 July, 12:33 PM
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo:Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo:Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

During his meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that Russia is “fighting NATO in its war in Ukraine,” Iranian news agency IRNA reported on July 19.

Khamenei also repeated Kremlin propaganda talking points about Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine as preempting a NATO attack.

“If NATO’s path had not been blocked in Ukraine, a while later on the pretext of the Crimean Peninsula, they would have begun the same war,” Khamenei said.

“The Islamic Republic is by no means pleased with hardships imposed against ordinary people, but in the case of Ukraine, if you (Putin) had not taken control of the situation, the other side would have with its initiatives caused the outbreak of a war.”

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Ayatollah added that the West doesn’t want a “strong Russia.”

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