Russia Concerned by US Sanctions against Iran

Moscow, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed concern over the unilateral U.S. sanctions policy against Iran and considered that the new measures raise a lot of questions about their real objectives.

Using the pretext of its link with the activity of nuclear proliferation, the United States government announced further restrictions against the main Iranian port operations Tidewater Middle East Company and against the airline Iran Air, highlights a note of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Such actions, based on the extraterritorial application of U.S. law, gradually created a situation in which the interests of Russian companies with commercial ties with Iranian companies are damaged, says the official note.

This damages our cooperation within the so-called sextet for Iran (Russia, USA, China, France, Britain and Germany) and negatively influences the authority of the UN Security Council, says the text.

These measures reinforce suspicions of Russia that the U.S. sanctions policy toward Tehran does not seek to preserve the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Foreign Ministry text says.

Our stance is known: the application of unilateral U.S. restrictions against Russian private or legal persons contradicts the current state of the ties between our countries, says the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Such a policy is unacceptable and must be completely revised, says the official statement.

On June 9, 2010 Russia supported resolution 1929 of the UN Security Council on Iran, through which financial activities and the purchase of weapons for the Revolutionary Guards are restricted and which allows inspections at sea of ships from Iran.

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