Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov called Thursday for partial suspension of the sanctions against Iraq.
"The vast majority of nations" support the temporary suspension of the sanctions on goods that may be used for humanitarian problems in Iraq," Ivanov said after a meeting with Serbian and Montenegrin Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic.
"Therefore, it is necessary now to make appropriate decisions," he was quoted by Interfax as saying.
According to him, the UN Security Council is currently considering the possibility of partial suspending the sanctions.
Ivanov, however, insisted that the full lifting of the sanctions must be resolved on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions.
The United States, which launched a war in Iraq without the back of the United Nations and removed Saddam Hussein from power, has called for the 12-year-old economic sanctions to be lifted quickly because of the "regime change."
Russia has repeatedly said its opposition to the "automatic" lifting of the sanctions, demanding that UN inspectors should complete their search for banned weapons as mandated by prior UN resolutions.