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6/14, 5:28 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia urges dialogue after Gulf of Oman tanker attacks

Russian Foreign Ministry stressed on Friday that establishing dialogue is the only way to defuse tensions following yesterday's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and called on all parties involved to show restraint. Moscow thanked Iran for rescuing eleven Russian sailors who were on board one of the tankers at the time of the attacks.

The ministry condemned the attacks, but once again warned against jumping to conclusions about the perpetrators and placing responsibility for the incident "on anyone until a thorough and unbiased international investigation is over." Russia also expressed concern about what it described as "deliberate efforts to whip up tensions, which are largely encouraged by the United States' Iranophobic policy."

Earlier today, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of carrying out the attacks and cited a US military video allegedly showing the pullout of mines from the boats as proof. Meanwhile, Tehran continues to deny involvement with the incident, while urging the international community to prevent "the reckless and dangerous policies and practices of the US and its regional allies in heightening the tensions in the region."

Breaking the News / FH