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U.S. seeking to create a second Ukraine in Iraq: Iranian deputy FM
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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said that the United States is seeking to create a second Ukraine in Iraq, Reuters reported.

“What has happened in Iraq recently is clearly a result of foreign meddling, a plan by the United States. The Americans want to create a second Ukraine in Iraq,” he told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, referring to weeks of conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters in east Ukraine.       

“We are strongly against the partition of Iraq,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian official said that Tehran has not received any request from Iraq to supply it with weapons but would be ready to do so if asked.  

He also said that Tehran has no plans to send troops to Iraq to back Iraqi government forces fighting to repel an offensive by militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  

“We have no troops or armed forces on Iraqi soil now,” he said. “We have no plans to send troops to Iraq.”

He also said, “Iraq has come up with no request to get arms from us. But if it does, then, within the framework of international law and rules as well as bilateral agreements, the arms that Iraq needs to conduct an effective fight against terrorism will be provided.”

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