Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad supports Ukrainian Zelensky against the regime
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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed support for Ukraine as it fends off an invasion from Russia, a stark contrast to the pro-Moscow leaning of the current regime in Tehran.
“The great nation of President #Ukraine #Zelenskyy. Your honorable and almost unmatched resistance has exposed the satanic plots of the enemies of humanity. Trust that the great nation of #Iran stands by your side, while admiring this perseverance heroic,” he tweeted.
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Ahmadinejad, who served as President of the Islamic Republic between 2005 and 2013, is one of many current and former senior officials around the world backing Ukraine and Zelensky as the international community rallies around the European country from the East in the face of the Russian invasion.
However, the Iranian regime itself is an ally of Russia and has sought to disperse blame for the invasion.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in a recent speech, blamed the crisis on the United States.
“Today Ukraine is a victim of US crisis policy because it was the United States that brought Ukraine to this point by interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs, organizing rallies and by creating a velvet and colorful coup, the presence of US senators in opposing rallies and the replacement of governments has brought this country to this point,” Khamenei said, according to the Iranian government.
The dictator also described the United States as a “mafia regime” in his speech.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said last week that the Ukraine crisis “is rooted in NATO provocations”.
“We don’t believe resorting to war is a solution,” Amirabdollahian tweeted. “Imperative to establish a ceasefire and find a political and democratic solution.”
Meanwhile, the United States, Russia and Iran are all participating in ongoing talks in Vienna to bring Iran back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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A European diplomat told Fox News on Friday that a deal was expected within days. But with Russia’s involvement in the deal, it raises the possibility of a financial advantage for Moscow in a new deal, such as payments to take Iranian uranium.
The diplomat told Fox the West would find a way to allow the deal and said the concerns are “nothing that cannot be overcome”.
Fox News’ Rich Edson contributed to this report.