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Russian opposes new US anti-Iran sanctions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Oct 17, IRNA -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov voiced his country's opposition to US sanctions against Iran, saying that US seems to be taking every opportunity to exert pressure on countries that do not follow its policies.

On the US new strategy to impose sanctions on Iran and Russia for reconstructing Syria, he said that Moscow considers US new sanctions against Iran as well as countries involved in Syrian reconstruction a negative move.

Ryabkov further noted that Moscow will continue cooperation with Iran on a wide range of issues including political dialogues and mutual collaboration in the international scene.

US intends to use its high position in the financial markets and dollar situation as global reserve currency to undermine Iran, he said, noting that Iran can counter Washington's destructive moves through creating a defense mechanism and cooperation with countries with wise policies.

The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on Tuesday inclusion of several other Iranian institutes on the list of sanctions.

This is not the first time the US is imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran, as the analysts consider it in the wake of anti-Iran plans defeat over the past year, which has led to Washington's global isolation.

Currently, the EU is mulling direct banking cooperation with Iran which will ensure continued banking and trade activities between them.

White House has faced big obstacles in the implementation of oil and energy sanctions, as it has faced closed doors in persuading other countries to refrain from selling Iran's oil.

China and India as the two big buyers of Iran's oil are at the top of the opposing countries which defied US sanctions against Iran.


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