Russia has hinted its bilateral relations with the United States could be “seriously” affected by fresh sanctions against Iran authorised by Obama last week.
The soviets’ foreign ministry suggested the new measures – which include penalising insurers, banks and firms which help Iran’s oil sector – weren’t authorised by the UN and could be a form of “blackmail”.
M.V. Zakharova, of Russian foreign ministry’s Information and Press Department said: “We emphasise that Russia is strictly following the restrictions on interaction with Iran that were set by the UN Security Council. However, we do not recognise the numerous sanctions that Washington unauthorisedly introduces under the veil of concern about Iranian nuclear programme”.
Western countries led by the USA and EU are concerned Iran’s nuclear power programme is a cover for developing atomic weapons, a claim Iran disputes.