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MOSCOW, April 29 (Itar-Tass) — Threatening to impose oil sanctions, the EU frightens Iran with “an unloaded rifle”, said Iranian Ambassador in Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sajadi in an interview with the Blumberg agency.
“Europe’s oil sanctions against Iran are actually ending in a flop,” Sajadi is convinced. “For instance one of European countries, receiving our oil, in actual fact, receives oil as payment for projects it has already implemented in Iran.”
“If any country likes to materialize any projects free, it is its own business,” the ambassador continued. “But since it was a contract, concluded earlier, if there is no oil, this will mean absence of payment for the implemented project.”
Besides, according to Sajadi, oil production in the world has definite limits. “Gambles with oil can be very dangerous for the European economies,” the diplomat emphasized. “I reckon that Europe itself, if it thinks hard, will try to refrain from its attacks.” “It is like as to threaten with an unloaded rifle,” the ambassador added.
“Sanctions that are outside resolutions, is an instrument for pursuing a lopsided policy of the West,” the ambassador stressed. “I’d like to remind that already following the adoption of UN resolution 1929, the US and Europe clamped down sanctions that are outside agreements reached by the Security Council, which was a show of disrespect for Russia and China as well as for other Security Council members.”
Therefore, in the ambassador’s opinion, a request to ditch these decisions “is not as serious”. “It would be better if they compensate their mistake themselves,” Sajadi said. “It is impossible, on the one side, to say of the need for diplomatic negotiations and to impose sanctions at the same time,” the ambassador underlined.
“What is the sense then to hold talks?”
The text of the interview was circulated by the Iranian embassy in Moscow.