Kerry asks Russia about Iran general's Moscow trip defying UN travel ban

Apr 17
  • Print
Ghassem Soleimani's trip to Moscow was a defiance of UN resolutions
Ghassem Soleimani's trip to Moscow was a defiance of UN resolutions

Fox News
Friday, 15 April 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry raised concerns with Russia over news a general from Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps visited Moscow in defiance of a U.N. travel ban.

Fox News reported Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani traveled to Moscow Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high ranking officials, his second trip since July. 

Kerry raised the matter in a conversation Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to the State Department.

The Quds Force has been responsible for killing hundreds of American troops in Iraq. Soleimani is subject to a five-year U.N. travel ban.

He cut short his trip to just one day and returned to Iran after it was revealed that he violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, sources tell Fox News.

"Such travel, if true, would be a violation" and a "serious matter of concern," State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He didn't outline Lavrov's response to Kerry on the call.

In July, five days after Soleimani's first visit to Moscow, Kerry was asked if the Iranian general would ever receive sanctions relief as part of a deal with Iran. "Under the United States' initiative, Qassem Soleimani will never be relieved of any sanctions," Kerry testified on Capitol Hill.

The CIA declined comment on the matter when reached by Fox News Friday.

Tagged under
Published in News

External Links

Two Misguided Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    On 18 May 2005, the US based Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) issued a 28-page report (“the HRW Report”) concerning the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (“PMOI / MEK”).  Entitled ‘No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the MKO Camps’, the HRW Report was essentially based on 12 hours of telephone interviews with 12…
  • Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    The RAND National Defense Research Institute published in July 2009 the report The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations). The report focuses on the circumstances surrounding the detention of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) at Camp Ashraf and “whether MeK members were taken into custody…