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Lavrov concerned over growing tensions in Persian Gulf

November 28, 12:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian top diplomat comment on the situation in the Middle East

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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Moscow is concerned over the rising tensions in the Persian Gulf area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, addressing a meeting of the Russian International Affairs Council om Tuesday.

"The rising tensions in the Persian Gulf area cause concern," he said. "Not only in connection with Iran, but also between the Arab monarchies," the Russian top diplomat added.

Lavrov also said that "turbulence in the Middle East still remains." "Although terrorists active there have suffered a significant blow, the useful experience gained by various forces has not yet led to forming a UN-supported global counterterrorism coalition, while such an initiative was put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin a few years ago," he noted. "Under these circumstances, serious crises in Libya, Iraq and Yemen continue," Lavrov said.

"Some big agreements, which we view as an example of constructive multilateral cooperation, are now in jeopardy," the Russian foreign minister pointed out, particularly mentioning the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.

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