Iran’s Raisi Tells Putin Cooperation Makes US-sanctioned Countries ‘Stronger’
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday, September 15, told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the cooperation among countries sanctioned by the United States will make them “stronger.”
“The relationship between countries that are sanctioned by the US, such as Iran, Russia or other countries, can overcome many problems and issues and make them stronger,” Raisi said in a meeting with Putin in Uzbekistan.
“The Americans think whichever country they impose sanctions on, it will be stopped. Their perception is a wrong one.”
Putin hailed growing ties with Tehran as he met Raisi on the sidelines of a regional summit. “On the bilateral level, cooperation is developing positively,” Putin said, as Moscow looks to use the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan to show it is not isolated internationally despite its invasion of Ukraine.
“We are doing everything to make Iran a full member of the SCO,” Putin added, in reference to Tehran’s application for full membership in the group, which brings together China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries. (TOI / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you shield us from the nations that want to harm us, as well as their powerful allies, and we thank you for giving us the means to protect ourselves as needed.”