Kremlin Says Putin ‘Hoping for Reasonable Restraint’ Amid Iran-Israel Conflict

Cooler heads are needed in the Middle East, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, since emotions are still high after Iran’s historic strike on Israel last weekend.

In response to attacks on its diplomatic mission or, according to some accounts, an adjacent Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) property in Damascus, Iran retaliated on Saturday night by launching a combination of cruise and ballistic missiles along with hundreds of drones.

According to the Kremlin, Putin has asked all parties involved to avoid doing anything that may lead to a new conflict with disastrous ramifications for the Middle East. The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Putin’s first publicly broadcast remarks on Iran’s strike, is the fundamental reason for the present instability in the Middle East.

General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, the top leader of the troops since Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s killing in 2020, was among seven IRGC members killed in the attack.

The United States and other nations assume Israel launched the strike, even though Israel never claimed responsibility.

President Biden urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “take the win” and emphasized that the United States would not back any direct reaction to Iran’s attack, so Netanyahu scrapped his intentions to respond immediately. Instead, Israeli forces attacked Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday that Israel will have to react to Iran’s actions, as the Jewish state has often stated its intention to retaliate.

Israel announced on Monday that Israel is considering their next move and that the launch of so many missiles and drones into Israeli territory will be answered with retaliation.

The world community remains concerned about Israel’s determination to retaliate, even while it is under pressure from its closest and maybe most vital ally to refrain.

A ceasefire arrangement has been a top priority for Biden, who recently assured Iraq’s prime minister that the United States is committed to a ceasefire that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading beyond what it already has.

According to Iran’s president, Raisi expressed gratitude to Russia for its stance on Iran’s reaction to Israel. He said that Iran compelled the current operation due to the passivity of the international community and the destructive behavior of some Western nations.

Putin congratulated Raisi and other Muslims on concluding the Islamic holy month of Ramadan during his 2022 visit to Khamenei.

Russia has used a significant quantity of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and drones supplied by Iran since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in 2022.