Some reports have them flying from an Israeli base in Azerbaijan

Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is unverified information that at least six American F-35 jets were “in the Iranian border area” at the time when Iran accidentally downed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 last week.

“This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations,” he said on Friday.

Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference, in Moscow, Russia, on January 17, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Lavrov stressed that it was important to understand the context of the incident, which occurred as Iran was on very high alert after retaliating against Washington’s assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

“There is information that the Iranians were expecting another attack from the United States after the strike but did not know what form it might take,” Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister added that he was not trying to excuse anyone for the incident.

On January 8, the Ukrainian plane crashed minutes after take-off near the capital, Tehran, while en route to Kiev. The incident led to the death of all of the 176 people on board, most of whom were Iranians.

Iran initially attributed the crash to technical failure but ultimately announced that the plane had been brought down by a missile fired due to “human error” after conducting further investigations.

‘Very serious red flag’

Speaking on Friday, the Russian foreign minister also said that the tragic downing of the Ukrainian plane served as a “very serious red flag” that signaled a need to “start working on de-escalation and not on constant threats.”

“An increase in tensions between Iran and the US will not help settle any single crisis in the region, if only because the tensions will be increasing,” he said.

Lavrov added that Washington’s “unprecedented” assassination of Soleimani “undermined and put into question all imaginable norms of international law.”

According to Iraqi officials, Soleimani had been invited to Iraq as a formal guest of the Iraqi government when he was targeted by a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting. The common thread between criminal actions of the Soviet Union and the zio-american empire is the ‘great destroyer’ talmud thread. I wonder what would happen if that common thread were no longer involved. Would peace break out all over? We can only hope.

  2. This is the new Cold War, except the roles are reversed. Instead of Soviet aggression or threats in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, or Afghanistan, it’s now the neocon US with aggression Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, and menacing threats of sanctions to EU allies, and with full on control of the propagandist state media.

  3. Israel and the US is – even giving Saudi Arabia , a run for their money – when it comes to being the #1 Terrorist Regime. One would think that any human that is intelligent to fly a F 35 – would have brains enough to see that , what they are doing is immoral, a war crime and aiding criminal cabal – I say this because its 2020 not 1944 or 1968. But , most likely the 35s were from Israel – Russia should have told us where they came from.