Fars News Agency :: Russia Renews Opposition to Sanctions against Iran

25 Gennaio 2012 0 Di ammiano marcellino

Fars News Agency :: Russia Renews Opposition to Sanctions against Iran.

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Russia Renews Opposition to Sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian top diplomat Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country’s strong opposition to fresh sanctions against Iran, and urged a negotiated end to the differences between Iran and the West.

“Unilateral sanctions do not help matters,” Lavrov said on Monday. “We will restrain everyone from making harsh moves. We will seek the resumption of negotiations.” Lavrov also noted that he was confident that new round of talks between Iran and Western powers could be resumed soon. “Moscow believes that there are fairly firm prospects for the resumption of talks in the immediate future,” he said. His remarks came after the European Union (EU) held a summit meeting on Monday to discuss a proposed embargo on Iran’s oil exports. Foreign ministers of the European Union reached eventually an agreement on sanctioning oil imports from Iran and freezing the assets of Iran’s Central Bank within the EU. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters that the sanctions are aimed at pressuring Iran to return to talks over its nuclear program. Iran has always underlined its preparedness to resume talks with the West but has meantime stressed that it will never accept any precondition for such talks. The EU has also imposed a ban on the sale of gold, diamonds, and other precious metals to Iran. Earlier this month, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi warned that imposing sanctions on Iran’s oil industry will destabilize the world markets, adding that the sanctions policy is, thus, an irrational move. Qassemi said the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy is based on good relations with all the world countries, adding Tehran does not pursue severing ties with others. “The world needs our energy and our relations with other countries are based on fair relations and mutual respect,” he said, adding that too many countries are eager to buy Iran’s oil. Stating that the country is facing no problem in selling its oil, the official noted “Not only we have many customers, but we also have sold our oil in advance.”