January 19, 2012
Russia strongly criticised Western belligerence towards Syria and Iran yesterday, saying that a military assault on the Iranian regime could cause a “chain reaction” that would destabilise the entire world.
The country’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, also said during his annual televised press conference that Russia would use its veto at the UN Security Council to block any resolution calling for military force to be used against Syria.
Mr Lavrov said that Russia is “seriously worried” that military action against Iran may be under consideration, and vowed that Moscow would do all it could to prevent it. “The consequences will be extremely grave,” he said. “It’s not going to be an easy walk. It will trigger a chain reaction and I don’t know where it will stop.”
Last week, a Russian newspaper revealed that the annual training exercises undertaken in southern Russia by the country’s army will focus this year on scenarios related to the regional fallout of a possible military conflict in Iran.