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MOSCOW, January 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia objects to oil sanctions against Iran even despite its uranium enrichment efforts, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
“Regardless of the circumstances in which we consider this issue, be it broader enrichment activities by Iran or something else, we are against such measures with regard to Iran,” Ryabkov said on Wednesday, January 11.
“First of all, we think that sanctions of this kind have nothing in common with the main task, which is to strengthen the non-proliferation regime. Second, we think that the measures that have already been taken by a group of countries, which have imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, have pushed negotiated solutions further away rather than brought them closer. As everybody knows, Russia advocates such a solution very energetically and offers its own versions. Third, we think that questions concerning all aspects of policy with regard to Iran, in terms of restoring trust in its nuclear programme, should be addressed collectively among partners, not secretly and individually,” Ryabkov said.
“The countries that are discussing such measures undermine the integrity of the Sextet of international mediators,” he added.