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Iran blames NATO 'provocation' for Russian war on Ukraine

Iran refused to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and instead blamed the "crisis" on "NATO provocations."

As Ukraine woke up to a pre-dawn invasion by the Russian military, officials in Tehran scrambled to take a diplomatic stance that would not harm their close ties with a key ally, the Kremlin.

"The Ukraine crisis is rooted in NATO's provocations," tweeted Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. He urged a "cease-fire" to allow for "a political and democratic resolution." The Iranian top diplomat's message carried neither a condemnation of Russia nor even a mention of the country.

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