Senior Iranian military commander visits Moscow in violation of UN resolution
Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani traveled to Moscow, violating multiple United Nations resolutions forbidding him from leaving Iran, Fox News quoted US security sources saying.
Soleimani is visiting Moscow to express his displeasure with the growing relations between Russia, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, in light of their weapons and economic deals, the report said.
This is the fourth visit for Soleimani to Moscow in the last two years, the last of which was in December 2015. Soleimani has been subject to an international travel ban and asset freeze by the UN Security Council since 2007. He has also been accused of supporting groups who have committed acts of terrorism, and arms smuggling from Iran to Syria.
The commander of the Quds Force was accused of personally participating in the war in Syria, through leading the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah and Iraqi militias there. He also supervised and participated in many battles, namely in Qussair, Latakkia, Aleppo and many other regions. He sent 70 thousand fighters from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Lebanon to Syria.
From time to time, Iranian media outlets report Qassem Soleimani’s repeated visits to Iraq and Syria, as well as his presence on battle fronts and meeting with officials in the two countries.