Russia and China strongly condemn US 1,000-troop deployment

Moscow and Beijing denounced US decision to deploy 1,000 more troops to the region as “pumping up tensions” that could open a “Pandora’s box” in the region.” In Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States to “change its practice of extreme pressure,” and Iran to “make prudent decisions” and not “so easily abandon” the 2015 deal. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov warned the US and its regional allies about what he called the “unthinking and reckless pumping up of tensions in an already explosive region”.

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