Iran's irrefutable sovereignty
Iran says it has officially protested Russia over its joint statement with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council about Iran’s three islands in the Persian Gulf. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said unconstructive political stances will not change anything about what he called Iran's non-negotiable sovereignty over the islands. Iran’s Foreign Ministry also summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tehran on Wednesday and voiced Tehran’s objection to the statement. A recent joint statement by the Persian Gulf Arab states and Russia challenged Iran’s sovereignty over the three islands. The three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs have historically been part of Iran. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claim to the islands.
‘Iran making history’
Iranian under-16 girls have made history by winning the second spot in the Asian basketball championships. That’s a first for Iran. The Iranian girls surged to the final after an all-win streak in the group stage, where they faced Malaysia, Singapore, and Guam. They went on to beat Hong Kong 64 to 58 in a tough semifinal to reach the gold medal match. But, they lost it 83 to 60 to the Philippines to settle for the runner-up spot. Zahra Bazoobandi was Iran’s most efficient player in the final, with 6 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. This is the first time Iranian girls achieve the silver medal in Asian competitions.
Crimea bridge attack
Moscow has accused Ukraine of being behind the deadly attack on a key bridge linking Russia with Crimea. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the attack was carried out by "the Kyiv regime". Earlier, Russian media reported that a man and woman were killed in the incident, while their daughter took minor injuries. Russia completed the bridge in 2018, four years after Crimeans voted to become part of Russia. The Bridge is a vital route for the Russian military to move personnel and supplies into Ukraine.