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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Calls for Peace

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has called on Russia to stop its military drive in Chechnya and offered to help defuse the conflict with Moslem rebels, newspapers reported Wednesday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, while honoring Russia's territorial integrity, does not regard violent ... acts as a suitable way of dealing with recent incidents in Chechnya and Dagestan," the daily Iran News quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi as saying.