Russia to Iran: Don’t Admit Guilt—Blame the U.S. Instead
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January 13, 2020 - by Julia Davis for thedailybeast.com
After initial denials of responsibility, having been confronted with mounting evidence, Iran finally acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard.
Following the admission, Iranian protesters have demanded Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down. "Commander-in-chief [Khamenei] resign, resign," chanted hundreds of people in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University on Saturday. Speaking from Tehran, Dorsa Jabbari told Al Jazeera, "There is a lot of anger. Iranians are demanding justice and accountability.Many people including families of the victims are in shock. They do not understand why their government would have lied to them for this long."
There is also a lot of anger in Russia, but for an entirely different reason. Yuri Shvytkin, deputy head of the State Duma's Defense Committee, criticized the...
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