US warns Iran risks becoming dependent on Russia after hosting Putin

The Times of Israel reports: “The United States on Wednesday warned Iran that it risked dependency on an isolated Russia after it welcomed President Vladimir Putin, although the CIA chief acknowledged the two nations have uneasy ties.

Putin on Tuesday visited Tehran for a three-way summit with his counterparts from Iran and Turkey that was nominally about conflict-ridden Syria

On the sidelines of the summit, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for ‘long-term cooperation’ with Russia, even though Tehran earlier tried to show its neutrality by abstaining from a key UN vote on condemning Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

‘Iran has now cast its lot with a small number of countries who wore that veil of neutrality only to end up supporting President Putin in his war against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,’ State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters…”

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