Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to Reuters, that Iran’s claims that the US and Israel are behind the current wave of anti-government protests are “not baseless.”

The protests in Iran

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A senior Russian official says it is plausible that Western countries are involved in the anti-government protests in Iran, Reuters reported on Friday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying that “Iran’s claims of external involvement in the anti-government protests are not baseless.”

Ryabkov also said the UN Security Council emergency session, which convened after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called for it, is “a blatant violation of Iranian sovereignty.”

Both the US and Israel have publicly rejected Iran’s accusations that they are behind the wave of protests that are threatening to overthrow the Islamic Republic.