French foreign and defense ministers visited their counterparts in the Moscow

Russian Defense Minister told his French counterpart that If you stop intercepting Iranian oil tankers worldwide the situation in the Persian Gulf will be calm and normal.

Iran Press/Europe: "If you do not intercept and accuse Iranian vessels and tankers worldwide of violating international law, the situation in the Persian Gulf will be calm and normal,"  said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on Monday in a meeting with French foreign and defense ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly in Moscow, Iran Press reported.

"There have been talks about Iran and the Persian Gulf and according to our estimates, as long as the West is disturbing Iranian ships, the political situation will be unstable," Shoigu said after meeting with Russian and French foreign ministers and military officials at the end of the 2+2 meeting, adding: "The Persian Gulf will become a calm and normal place when the intervention and seizure of Iranian ships on false charges of violating international law stops around the world."

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"Only then the Persian Gulf become free from any conflict and no need for new stabilizing measures," Russian Defense Minister reiterated.

The French foreign and defense ministers are visiting Moscow together and holding talks with their Russian counterparts for the first time since 2012, signifying a thaw in relations that had grown cold in the intervening years.

On the agenda are geopolitical crises in Ukraine, the Persian Gulf, Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea, as well as international nuclear and space-weaponization issues. 205/208

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