Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is concerned about the US-Iran tensions because it is happening near the Russian border and may destabilize the situation around Tehran.
Earlier on Friday, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy told reporters that Moscow is concerned about reports of a seized United Kingdom oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and calls for de-escalation of tensions.
Polyanskiy stressed, however, he did not want to give further comments about the reports before knowing the exact details of the oil tanker incident.
Earlier in the day, Iranian media reported the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz because it violated international regulations.
The situation in the Persian Gulf and adjacent areas has deteriorated over the past couple of months as several oil tankers were hit by explosions of undetermined origin. The United States and its allies blamed Iran for the incidents, but Tehran denies involvement.
The Iranian military in June downed a US drone, saying it violated Iranian airspace. The Pentagon insisted that the drone was in international territory and called the incident an “unprovoked” attack.