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Moscow Rejects Sanctions Against Tehran, Warns US of Meddling in Its Affairs

Moscow Rejects Sanctions Against Tehran, Warns US of Meddling in Its Affairs

Friday, 5 January, 2018 - 11:30
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool

Russia warned the United States against intervening in Iran and exploiting the situation there to undermine the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

It has also called on the United Nations to condemn the “US interference” in Iran’s domestic affairs and considered the holding of a Security Council session to discuss the situation in the Persian State as “not constructive”.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, as quoted by TASS news agency: “We warn the US against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. What is happening there is an internal affair, which attracts the attention of the international community,” he added.

Commenting on the latest developments in Iran, Ryabkov noted: “Despite numerous attempts to distort the essence of what is going on, I am certain that our neighbor, the country that is friendly to us, will be able to overcome the current difficulties and emerge from the current period as a stronger nation and a reliable partner in solving various problems, including those related to further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Ryabkov accused the US of intending to exploit the current situation in Iran, in an attempt to undermine the international commitment to Iran’s nuclear deal.

“The current situation when Washington yields to temptation to take advantage of the moment to bring up new questions with regard to the JCPOA testifies to a deliberate attempt to undermine the global community’s commitment to the JCPOA,” the Russian diplomat stated. “That does no credit to our American counterparts.”

He underlined Russia’s firm stance with regards to preserving the nuclear deal, adding that the agreements that have been reached were an important factor in strengthening regional and global stability.

In a separate interview with RIA Novosti, Ryabkov said that his country rejected US threats to expand sanctions against Russia and to impose new sanctions against Iran.

He was replying to remarks by US State Department’s Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who said that the US was considering sanctions as a possibility of responding to Iranian authorities’ practices against protesters.

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