Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Iran shows how isolated Russia has become after launching its invasion of Ukraine, said John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council in the United States.
Putin has held talks with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, making his first visit outside the former Soviet Union since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also participated in the summit held in Tehran.
The official goal of the summit was the situation in Syria, although the war in Ukraine was also a topic of discussion.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called for a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria.
Putin, on the other hand, has called for more unity in policies around Syria and has accused the West of meddling.
The West aims to “carve the country”, Putin said in several televised statements in Tehran.
According to him, this should be opposed by Russia, Turkey and Iran, since, according to Putin, these countries have a key role in creating the future of Syria.
The three countries have held talks on Syria even in the past.
Russia and Iran have supported the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war, while Turkey has maintained ties with opposition forces in the country.
Syria has been wracked by a conflict that erupted after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government responded with deadly force to pro-democracy protests in March 2011.
According to the United Nations, the fighting has left at least 350,000 people dead, and has driven half the population to flee their homes, including nearly six million refugees abroad.