Russia rejected on Thursday US threats to isolate Iran and impose sanctions on countries cooperating with it, expressing its intention to establish a trade exchange with Tehran as soon as the United Nations embargo on arms sales to the Islamic Republic expires next month.
The ban on Iran’s sale of conventional weapons is due to end on October 18, after the United States failed to garner support for a new UN resolution in this regard.
The administration of US President Donald Trump announced that it had decided to unilaterally re-impose all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which were lifted under the nuclear agreement concluded by the major powers with Tehran in 2015.
Washington has said it will seek to prevent Iran from purchasing Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected during a press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is visiting Moscow, as these sanctions are illegal.
Lavrov said, “Russia will not build its policies in any way on the basis of these hostile and illegal demands that have no legal effects,” hoping that other countries cooperating with Iran will follow the example of Russia.
Lavrov added, “The fact that the United States has threatened to impose sanctions on all those who would oppose the US intervention in the current situation confirms once again that Washington wants to act like a bull in a china store”.
“In my opinion, the current US administration has lost the diplomatic skills forever,” he said.
He added that despite this, Russia and European countries continue to hold talks with Washington on this issue.
Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018 amid the dissatisfaction of the European countries that signed the agreement, but his administration insists that it is still a “contribution” and thus can proceed with the imposition of sanctions, a position that Europe denounces and considers absurd.