Iran views the Ukraine Crisis as a “color revolution,” similar to the Arab Spring.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine has shown precisely how much Tehran has shifted its allegiance in recent years toward Moscow. The breakdown of its nuclear accord with international powers reawakened decades-old, hard-line hostility against the United States. There is widespread support for Ukraine among ordinary Iranians. Iran’s state-run television network is closely aligned with Russian talking points. Iran’s Friday prayer leader claims Ukraine “misbehaved against us and abused its position on behalf of the United States.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has long accused the US of fomenting what he refers to as “color coups” to undermine democracy. Iran’s security forces used brutality and mass arrests to quell rallies against the theocracy in 2009. According to a former Iranian captain, Russia’s justifications for the war are “ridiculous” and reminiscent of those advanced by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. Iran has coexisted peacefully with Turkey, which joined NATO in 1952.