published: 2018-11-06 22:48:59
Russia and Germany have slammed the United States’ move to reinstate sanctions against Iran’s vital oil exports, shipping and banking, saying Moscow and Berlin would continue trade with Tehran.
In Moscow’s first official reaction since the restoration of Washington’s bans on Tehran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the US sanctions are “not legitimate.”
Russia, itself a target of separate US sanctions, expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with Iran despite the US sanctions, he added.
Speaking in Madrid after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell, the Russian foreign minister said Washington had used “unacceptable methods” to exert pressure on operators of the Belgian-based SWIFT global payment network to cut off Iranian banks.
Lavrov emphasized that Russia and its European partners were looking for ways to maintain economic ties with Iran. However, he did not give more details.
The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on Monday the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The re-imposition of the second set of sanctions came after Trump in May pulled the US out from the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.
A first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran’s access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector.
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