Maria Zakharova to Vestnik Kavkaza: just assuming that Saudi-Iranian war may start is scary
Russia proceeds from the premise that the modern world has all the necessary tools for a peaceful solution of questions of any complexity, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said during the briefing, answering a question from Vestnik Kavkaza about Russia's position on Saudi Arabia's intention to start a war with Iran after receiving the UN Security Council's permission, if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
"Just assuming that it can happen is scary," Maria Zakharova emphasized in the first place.
"We proceed from the fact that there is a necessary international legal framework and specialized international institutions to solve even the most acute issues," the official representative of the Foreign Ministry said.
On August 28, an adviser at Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry Ibrahim al-Muhanna said warned that the Kingdom may start a military action against Iran if it tries to block the Strait of Hormuz. Al-Muhanna said Iran would be the first to lose out on a move to block those major shipping routes and that any such action would trigger further sanctions on Iran.
“The amount of oil going through the Strait of Hormuz is so large. There’s more than 18 million barrels a day, about two thirds of world maritime oil trade. Meaning, cutting oil from there will lead to an acute oil shortage and prices will skyrocket,” Muhanna said.
Al-Muhanna also said that current U.S. sanctions on Iran are unlikely to stop Iranian oil exports completely.