Moscow informed Washington: Iranian general was not in Russia

Moscow informed Washington last week that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was not in Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.

Moscow informed Washington last week that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was not in Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.

"We were greatly surprised to hear these reports. We told our American colleagues earlier, last week, that we had no such information and that Mr. Soleimani was not in Moscow last week. And we thought that the issue was closed," Ryabkov told reporters on Aug. 14.

"The American themselves committed actions that do not meet the requirements of the [UN Security Council] resolution," he said.

"Last year, they freed four Taliban members included in the UN sanctions list from Guantanamo and transferred them to one of the countries in the Middle East. It was a direct violation of the requirements of the [UN] Security Council resolution," Ryabkov said.

"The question of who observes resolutions and how should rather be referred to Washington," he added.

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