Moscow warns against ‘baseless accusations’ over tankers
Moscow (AFP) – The Kremlin on Sunday warned against “baseless accusations” over last week’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, blamed by Washington and Riyadh on Iran.
“Such incidents can undermine the foundations of the world economy. That’s why it’s hardly possible to accept baseless accusations in this situation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
“We always urge a sober appraisal of the situation and to wait for more or less convincing evidence to appear,” Peskov said on Russian television, extracts of which were published by the RIA Novosti news agency.
A Japanese and a Norwegian oil tanker were targeted in attacks on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The official Iranian news agency IRNA said the attacks took place within 30 nautical miles of Iran’s coastline.
Iran rejected US accusations it was to blame, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeting that the US had “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence”.