Yemen Conflict Must Not Grow Into Arab-Iran Conflict - Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to do everything possible so that the conflict does not turn into a larger conflict between Arab states and Iran.

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The situation in Yemen must not get out of control and place Arab states against Iran in the current conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

“We are greatly concerned over what is happening in Yemen. The situation should not get out of control and our approach is that it is necessary to stop any use of military force,” Lavrov said during a joint conference with Vanuatu Foreign Minister Sato Kilman in Moscow.

Lavrov emphasized that the conflicting sides need to renew talks on neutral territory.

“It’s already understood that these talks need to be on neutral territory, and that’s why the special representative of the UN Secretary General on the situation in Yemen is being called,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov added that Moscow is ready to do everything possible so that the conflict does not turn into a larger conflict between Arab states and Iran.

“Moreover, we cannot allow the situation to turn into an attempt to start an open conflict between the Arabs and Iran. We will do everything possible so that doesn’t happen,” Lavrov added.

On Saturday, ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, accused Tehran of supplying arms to the Houthi militant group and of plotting against the Yemeni people.

On Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition began air raids against Houthi positions in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and its suburbs on in order to roll back a military insurgency that flared up across Yemen after massive anti-government protests in August 2014.

On Sunday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyad Yassin said that the international coalition may launch a ground operation against the Houthis.

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