|Iran cautions against foreign intervention in Ukraine||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says foreign interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine has not helped improve situation in the crisis-hit European country over the past few months.
He made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski in Tehran on Saturday.
“The Islamic Republic is anxious about the recent developments in Ukraine,” Zarif said, expressing hope that the Ukrainian people would determine their own fate.
Ukraine has been experiencing unrest since November 2013, when now-ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Crimea, an autonomous region in Ukraine, has been the focal point of concern ever since Ukrainian politics became chaotic.
The Ukrainian parliament ousted Yanukovych and named Oleksandr Turchynov, the legislature’s speaker, as interim president on February 23.
‘Relations with Poland should be increased’
On ties with Poland, Zaif said that the current level of economic relations between Tehran and Warsaw does not live up to the potential of the two countries and should increase.
He also expressed hope that the visit of the chief Polish diplomat to Tehran would pave the way for the enhancement of mutual relations.
Sikorski also said that once Iran and the world powers clinched a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program and the sanctions against the country were lifted, there would be greater cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Poland.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) reached an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in November 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The accord came into effect on January 20, and the two sides agreed to work on a comprehensive solution over the next six months.
Sikorski, who cut short his trip to Iran due to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine, added that Tehran and Warsaw can specifically cooperate in foodstuff and medical spheres.
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