Ayatollah Khamenei Warns of US Scheme to Control West Asia

TEHRAN– Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Monday cautioned against the US attempts to bring Syria under control as part of a long-term plot for establishing foothold in West Asia, describing it as a threat to all countries, especially Iran and Russia.

“Under a long-term plot, Americans seek to make up for their historical lack of dominance over West Asia by dominating Syria and then spreading their control over the region, and this scheme is a threat to all nations and countries, particularly Russia and Iran,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin who called on him upon his arrival in Tehran on Monday.

Khamenei noted that the US and its ‘followers’ are trying the “negotiating table” and political ways in relation to Syria to achieve the objectives that they failed to reach militarily.

“Vigilance and active stances” are necessary to block the US plots, the leader stressed.

Ayatollah Khamenei also slammed the faults in Washington’s policies toward Syria, including an insistence on the overthrow of Syria’s legitimate government as well as direct and indirect supports for terrorist groups, like Daesh (ISIL).

He hailed the Russian president’s “good and innovative” policies over the past one and a half years, saying, “Americans always try to push their rivals to a position of passiveness, but you (President Putin) thwarted this policy.”

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that Moscow’s decisions and actions on Syria have enhanced the regional and international credibility of Russia and Mr. Putin.

Settlement of the crisis in Syria will have significant effects on the future of the region, the Supreme Leader noted, and warned, “If the terrorists who are committing these crimes in Syria are not crushed, the scope of their destructive activities will spread into Central Asia and other regions.”

After Putin’s meeting with supreme leader Kremlin issued a statement in Moscow saying Russia and Iran have “unity of views” on Syria.

Describing the meeting as “quite constructive”, the spokesman said Iran and Russia were against “external attempts to dictate scenarios of political settlement in Syria” and any change in leadership should come through elections.

Photos of the meeting with Khamenei released by the Kremlin showed the two leaders sitting jovially, with an animated Putin smiling broadly.

Before flying to Tehran Monday morning, Putin signed a decree lifting a ban preventing Russian companies from exporting enriched uranium from Iran in exchange for natural uranium.

Putin presented an old manuscript of Holy Quran kept in Russia as a gift to Iran’s Supreme Leader during the meeting.

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