Russia concerned about unilateral sanctions against Iran

10:33, May 20, 2010      

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern Wednesday over reports that the U.S. and the European Union may consider new unilateral sanctions against Iran in addition to a draft Security Council resolution currently being discussed.

"Lavrov expressed concern over the latest information about plans of the U.S. and EU not to restrict themselves to formulating a collective position on Iran within the U.N. Security Council, but to impose unilateral sanctions, including exterritorial sanctions, which would go beyond decisions agreed upon by the international community and would run counter to the principle of the supremacy of international law guaranteed by the U.N. Charter," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, referring to a phone conversation between Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton said earlier in the day that Washington, Moscow and Beijing have come to an agreement on a new Security Council resolution, thought to impose another set of sanctions against the Islamic republic.

The exchange of opinions between Lavrov and Clinton on Iran's controversial nuclear program came a day after the Iranian, Brazilian, and Turkish foreign ministers signed an agreement on the exchange of low-enriched uranium to fuel Tehran's scientific research reactor.

The Iran Six (France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and China) began discussing on April 19 the text of a draft resolution to impose sanctions on Iran, which the U.S. and other Western countries suspect of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program.

Source: Xinhua

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