Moscow Slams ‘Illegal’ US Sanctions Against Iran

Moscow Slams ‘Illegal’ US Sanctions Against Iran

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 - 14:15
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a joint news conference with his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell (not pictured) at the foreign ministry in Madrid, Spain, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Moscow – Raed Jabr
The Kremlin slammed Tuesday the new US sanctions against Iran.

The Russian National Security Council held a meeting chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which devoted a major part of its work to discussing the US move and its possible repercussions.

"The meeting’s participants exchanged views on the situation in the wake of the United States’ move to introduce sanctions against Iran," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"They emphasized the illegal nature of such actions," Peskov added.

The Council, which usually determines policy moves at both the external and internal levels, has discussed the possible implications of US steps and the mechanisms to deal with them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned Washington's decision to slap Tehran with sanctions, calling the restrictions "absolutely illegitimate" and deeply disappointing.

"They are being implemented in flagrant violation of the decisions of the UN Security Council, and the way in which these measures are announced and implemented cannot but cause a deep sense of disappointment.”

“We proceed from the idea that the norms of not only international law but also of international dialogue have not been repealed," Lavrov stressed during his visit to Spain.

"Pursuing a policy based on ultimatums and one-sided demands is hardly permissible in our times," according to Lavrov.

Moscow believes that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) remains in effect despite the renewal of US sanctions, he added.

"We believe that the JCPOA remains in effect for the countries that maintain their participation in the mechanism.”

“Following the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA, the European countries, Russia, China and Iran itself confirmed their participation in the deal," Lavrov pointed out.

He said Moscow, itself a target of separate US sanctions, expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with Iran despite the reimposition of sanctions on Monday on the country's oil, banking and transport sectors.

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