TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russian Foreign Ministry warned against foreign meddling in Iran’s internal affairs following the recent protests in the country against high prices.

“External interference destabilizing the situation (in Iran) is inadmissible,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday, according to Russia media.

Moscow expressed the hope that the protests would not develop into severe violence.

Some cities in Iran have been scenes of demonstrations in the past days after prices of several staples rose by up to 40 percent.

During the peaceful rallies, people called on the government to help control rising food prices and inflation, but some opportunists attempted to turn the situation ugly and materialize their vested interest at the cost of social security.

Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of deaths.

Addressing a Cabinet session on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Iranian people were completely free to express their criticism of the government or stage protests according to the Constitution and citizenship rights, and in a way that would lead to the improvement of the country's conditions.