Russia calls on the United States and Iran to exercise maximum restraint in the Persian Gulf and not to succumb to provocations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“We would like to emphasize that Moscow has always considered stability and security in the Persian Gulf region as one of the key factors that affect the situation in a broader regional context. Our well-known initiative on collective security in the region is based on this logic. We call for maximum restraint and caution, not to succumb to provocations and aggressive rhetoric, and, of course, to act strictly within the relevant international norms and rules,” Zakharova said at a briefing.
Earlier, the Central Command of the US Navy reported that Iranian boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on April 15 maneuvered dangerously near American warships in the Persian Gulf. The US military said that the ships “cut off” the American ships at a very high speed and close distance; they came to one of the vessels at 45 meters, to the other-at 10 meters. Still, about an hour later, the Iranian boats responded to calls on the radio and moved away from the American ships. In turn, the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps of Iran reported that two consecutive provocative interceptions preceded this by American ships (April 6 and 7) of an Iranian warship. The Iranian military called Washington’s version “Hollywood,” promising to respond to any miscalculation.
US President Donald Trump has said that he has ordered the Navy to destroy Iranian boats that interfere with the passage of American ships. The armed forces of Iran also threatened to fire on American vessels in case of threats.