Friday 21 July 2017
“Iranian television on Thursday distributed photographs confirming the death of the head of the Islamic State terrorist group, Abu Baqr al-Baghdadi.”Russia’s state news agency TASS reported that Iranian TV had published photographic proof that Islamic State leader Abu Baqr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian airstrike in May. In fact, the same pictures had been circulating around the Internet since 2014.
"[Russia has] the only constitution in the word stating that any kind of censorship is forbidden."This is not even close to true, and Govorukhin need look no further than other nations of the former Soviet Union for constitutions expression banning censorship. The OSCE noted in 2010 that only Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia were the only former Soviet republics not to have censorship bans.
“There is no reason to suspect Russia of violating UN Security Council resolution 2231…. Neither supply nor transfer or sale of military aircraft to Iran took place.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia’s use of an air base in Iran to launch bombing raids in Syria doesn’t violate a UN Security Council resolution that bars the supply, sale, or transfer of combat aircraft “for the use in or benefit of Iran.” Independent experts say Lavrov is right – as long as Russia only uses the base, and doesn’t transfer any military capability or skill.