A senior Foreign Ministry source in Moscow earlier said that Russia was ready to act as a go-between to settle the conflict between Tehran and Riyadh.
“Russia could play a leading role in ending this crisis. Its mediation is welcomed by the Iranians and not opposed by the Saudis, therefore Moscow could act as a neutral go-between here,” Nematzadeh said.
He added that similar attempts by the US, the Gulf countries or Turkey were doomed to fail due to Tehran’s complete rejection of their mediation.
Nematzadeh said that the ongoing crisis with Riyadh could encourage Tehran to better coordinate its ongoing war on terrorism and the jihadist groups in Syria with Russia.
“This, however, could result in Riyadh ordering the radicals in Syria to step up their attacks on the Syrian army and its allies thus undermining the ongoing search for a political solution to the conflict there,” Jafar Nematzadeh emphasized.