A rocket attack on camps of the Iranian opposition movement Mujahideen Halq on Iraqi territory from the Iranian side will greatly complicate the situation in the Persian Gulf area, official Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko told Russian journalists. According to Yakovenko, "events like these seriously complicate the already tense situation in the Persian Gulf area." In these conditions, he said, "we urge both countries to display maximum restraint and wisdom and to do everything possible to prevent an escalation of the current situation". Russia's firm assumption is that differences should be overcome exclusively by negotiations based on internationally recognised principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and also non-interference in each other's internal affairs, the spokesman noted. Yakovenko also expressed hope that Iraq and Iran would continue their consistent "line towards a full normalisation of their relations in the spirit of existing accords".
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