Moscow Vows to Expand Nuclear Cooperation With Tehran
EghtesadOnline: Russia aims to promote cooperation with Iran, including in the nuclear sector, despite the threat of US extraterritorial sanctions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.
"No threat of new sanctions will stop our legitimate and mutually beneficial cooperation with Iran. We have been living under US anti-Russia sanctions since 2012. It is clear that over this period, there has been a serious adaptation to this illegal trick by the United States," Ryabkov told Sputnik on Saturday.
The deputy foreign minister noted that Iran has an even longer experience of living under the US sanctions.
"Therefore, we perceive threats of this kind calmly; we do not succumb to blackmail and we will systematically expand and develop our cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, including in the atomic energy sector in full compliance with international law and the national legislation of our countries, regardless of what US colleagues are undertaking, realizing, as they believe, their right to the extraterritorial application of their national legislation," Financial Tribune quoted him as saying.
Ryabkov's remarks follow US Department of State spokesperson's announcement on Friday that the United States could impose sanctions against any party that provides assistance to help expand Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant as of May 4.
The Trump administration has slapped Iran with a series of increasingly harsh financial and energy sanctions since May 2018, after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. These included tough energy restrictions aimed at bringing Iran's oil exports down "to zero" in a bid to cripple the country's economy.
China has rejected US pressure and promised to continue imports, with other countries, including Turkey, India and South Korea urging the US to reconsider its stance and renew exemptions.
Iran reached a deal with Russia on the first stage of the Bushehr project—the Bushehr 1—in 1992. In 2014, Russia and Iran signed an agreement to build the second and third reactors for the Bushehr plant.