White House says US sees signs Russia may advise Iran on how to quell protests
White House officials say the United States sees signs that Russia may advise Iran on how to quell public protests, after clashes erupted across Iran in protests marking 40 days since the death of Mahsa Amini.
“We are concerned that Moscow is advising Tehran on best practices, drawing on Russia’s vast experience in suppressing open protests,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday during a meeting. of a press briefing. “The evidence that Iran is helping Russia fight its war against Ukraine is clear and public. And Iran and Russia are getting closer as they isolate each other. Our message to Iran is very, very clear: stop killing your people and stop sending weapons to Russia to help kill Ukrainians.
Jean-Pierre and John Kirby, the communications coordinator at the National Security Council who spoke later in the briefing, did not provide evidence for the prosecution.
Protests have swept across the Islamic Republic over the death of Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish girl who died on September 16 after being arrested by the country’s ‘morals police’ and taken to a ‘re-education centre’ , allegedly for not adhering to Iran’s conservative dress code. And nationwide protests marking 40 days since Amini’s death sparked clashes across Iran on Wednesday.
Kirby said he would not go into the sources of information to support Jean-Pierre’s assertion about Russian advice to Iran, but stressed that “it puts forward a fact, which we know that maybe they’re looking at some sort of capability support for Iran.” to quell protesters.
“And unfortunately, Russia has experience in this area. So we’ll see. We will see where this leads. But this is just one more example of Russia and Iran now working together to not only violate the human and civil rights of Iranians, but of course further endanger the lives of Ukrainians,” a- he added.
While Kirby initially said the United States was seeing “signs that it may be considering the ability to help train Iranians to suppress protesters,” he later clarified that the United States was seeing signs. that Moscow “could actually advise” Tehran on this.
The US assertion of Moscow’s possible involvement with Tehran comes the same day the US imposed a series of additional sanctions against Iranian officials involved in the ongoing crackdown on nationwide protests in Iran, including Treasury Department sanctions against the commander of the intelligence services of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. organization and the IRGC’s deputy operations commander, as well as two provincial officials from Sistan and Balochistan, which the department called “the site of some of the worst violence in the latest round of protests”.
The Biden administration’s punitive moves against Iran for its crackdown on protesters come as the United States and Europe work to counter Iran’s and Russia’s growing cooperation in the war in Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russian forces have bombarded Ukrainian cities with Iranian drones. The State Department’s deputy chief spokesman, Vedant Patel, said last week that the “deepening” of relations between Moscow and Tehran should be seen as “a deep threat”.
Patel said the United States would “continue to take practical and aggressive action to make these arms sales more difficult, including sanctions, export controls against all entities involved.”
“We have many tools available in our arsenal to not only disrupt Iranian arms transfers, but to continue to hold Russia accountable for its senseless actions in Ukraine as well,” Patel said during a department briefing on Tuesday. last.