NATO would have started a war if it had not been stopped by Russia and Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the US-led military bloc as a ‘dangerous entity’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had no “initiate” in Ukraine, the NATO alliance is said to have launched a war with Russia over Crimea, which kyiv claims as its own land.

Speaking alongside Putin in Tehran, Khamenei said that “As far as Ukraine is concerned, if you hadn’t taken the initiative, the other side would have started the war.”

Describing the West as “completely opposed to a strong and independent Russia” and NATO as “a dangerous entity that sees no borders in its expansionist policy”, the Iranian leader added that “If they had not been arrested in Ukraine, they would have launched the same war a little later on the pretext of the Crimea issue.”

Considered Russian land since Imperial times, Crimea was an autonomous republic within the Soviet Union until it was ceded to the Ukrainian SSR by Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev in 1954. region fell under Ukrainian control after the breakup of the USSR and voted to join Russia. in 2014.

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NATO regards Crimea as “illegally annexed” Ukrainian territory. Although the alliance did not threaten Russia with open war, it demanded that Moscow return the region to Ukrainian control and a number of decisions taken by its leaders and the government in kyiv suggest a possible path towards war in Crimea.

NATO first established a partnership with Ukraine in 1997 and in the 2008 Bucharest Declaration declared that Ukraine and Georgia “will become members of NATO” at an unspecified future date. The Declaration remains alliance policy, and if Ukraine joined NATO, its other 30 members would instantly become parties to a territorial dispute with Russia.

For its part, Ukraine has signaled that it intends both to join NATO and to act on this dispute. Under President Petro Poroshenko, the country enshrined its goal of NATO membership in its constitution in 2019, despite warnings from Moscow that having alliance forces and weapons on its border would pose an unacceptable threat to Security. Two years later, President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree ordering his government to “prepare and implement measures to ensure vacancy and reintegration” Crimean.

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Ukraine’s ambitions to join NATO appear to have fallen through, with Igor Zhovkva, an adviser to Zelensky, telling the Financial Times last month that kyiv would not pursue membership. His ambitions to seize Crimea persist, however. Zelensky announced last month that he intended to “release” Crimea, and a Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, Vadim Skibitskiy, said on Saturday his forces could use US missiles to strike the peninsula.

While a Ukrainian attack on Crimea has found some support in the West, former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, warned on Sunday that such a strike would lead to a “Judgment Day” come to Ukraine.


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