Iran official hopes for end to crisis in Ukraine
Press TV -(Sat May 17, 2014) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi has expressed hope that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine will soon come to an end.
In a Saturday meeting with outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador to Tehran Alexander Samaraski, the Iranian official said the Islamic Republic’s policy is based on respect for the territorial integrity of countries, non-interference in their domestic affairs as well as mutual respect.
He expressed hope that the Ukrainian nation will overcome the existing problems facing the country and tap into their potentialities in order to surmount the present hard conditions, adding that continued tension in Ukraine will harm the European country’s national interests.
Sarmadi added that Iran-Ukraine relations have always been improving, adding that Tehran and Kiev enjoy great capacities to boost their ties especially in the economic and trade sectors.
“Political developments will not affect the good friendly relations between Tehran and Kiev,” he said.
The Ukrainian ambassador, for his part, hoped that his country will overcome the present crisis so that Iran and Ukraine can further promote their bilateral ties. He also expressed hope that the tensions in his country will not have an impact on its ties with the Islamic Republic.
Ukraine has been the scene of tension for several months, which intensified after Crimea declared independence in a referendum in early March to join Russia.
On May 12, the two Ukrainian eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk also declared independence following local referendums, in which the regions’ residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Kiev.
The interim Kiev government has been staging military operations in the eastern and southern regions since mid-April in a bid to root out pro-Moscow demonstrations.