Aug 21, 2020 07:20 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 29, 2020 14:45 Asia/Tehran]
  • Russia says it won't stop cooperating with Iran

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that Moscow will not stop its cooperation with Iran because of US threats.

Iran PressEurope: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that the country will not stop cooperating with Iran in defiance of US threats of sanctions.

"We are guided exclusively by our own interests, our obligations, and international law," Ryabkov was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

"Russia condemns US intentions to restore United Nations (UN) sanctions against Iran," Ryabkov said.

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"It is regrettable that as a result of Washington's irresponsible actions, the UN Security Council is plunging into a very serious crisis, which distracts the Security Council from working on a wide range of issues within its mandate and creates certain political and psychological tensions," he said.

"Despite Washington's latest moves on Iran, Russia will continue to cooperate with the United States because without dialogue the situation could become even worse," Ryabkov said.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to punish those countries that oppose its effort to re-impose sanctions on Iran.   207

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