Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf took to Twitter to condemn the photo taken at the Russian embassy, adding that Iran’s foreign ministry should quickly tackle the “diplomatically disrespectful and inappropriate behavior” of the ambassadors.
He stressed that the two ambassadors must immediately apologize for their behavior, otherwise a decisive diplomatic response would be imperative.
The Russian Embassy in Iran Twitter account on Wednesday posted a photo of the new British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, sitting upstairs under the porch of the Russian Embassy building with Russian Ambassador Levan. Dzhagaryan.
The frame and location of the photo is reminiscent of the Tehran summit in 1943, where then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Union leader Soviet then Joseph Stalin sat together for a photo op.
The 1943 conference is widely known among Iranians and is seen as an aggression and humiliation of Iranian identity and sovereignty.
The photo has been widely criticized by all walks of life in Iranian media and social networks.
In the face of anger in Iran, the Russian Embassy attempted to justify the meeting at the specific site with two more tweets on Thursday and said, “We would like to note that it has no anti-Iranian background. We were not going to offend the feelings of the friendly Iranian people. “
“The only meaning this photo has to pay tribute to the joint efforts of Allied states against Nazism during World War II. Iran is our friend and neighbor, and we will continue to strengthen relations based on mutual respect, ”he added.
Tehran maintains friendly and strategic relations with Moscow since the two parties share similar positions on many regional and international issues; however, post-Islamic Iran has proven time and again that it does not tolerate any attack or insult to its sovereignty and independence – a red line for the nation – neither by Westerners nor by Orientals.