Russian Foreign Ministry: Unilateral sanctions against Iran could damage U.S.-Russia ties

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned of the possible negative impact of unilateral U.S. sanctions against Iran on Russian-American relations if they affect Russian economic structures.

"Washington should understand that our bilateral relations will suffer considerably if the American restrictions affect Russian economic operators cooperating with partners in the Islamic Republic of Iran in strict compliance with our legislation and UN Security Council resolutions," the ministry said on its website on Monday.

Russia has been strictly abiding by the UN Security Council's restrictions on cooperation with Iran. "But we do not recognize the numerous sanctions that were imposed by Washington unilaterally under the pretext of anxiety over the Iranian nuclear program and which grossly violate international law. The attempted ex-territorial extrapolation of American domestic legislation to the entire world is unacceptable. We reject the methods of open blackmail practiced by the United States towards companies and banks in other countries," the ministry said.

The incessant buildup of pressure on Tehran and the policy of ultimatums undermine chances for promoting a solution and destroy the negotiating process on the Iranian nuclear program. Moreover, unilateral sanctions deal a tangible blow to the unity of the "six world powers" mediating on the issue, the statement says.

On Saturday, the United States introduced new unilateral sanctions against Iran.

"The case in point is new restrictive measures not only against Iran, but affecting foreign companies and persons that cooperate with Iran, including in the extraction and transportation of hydrocarbons, the petrochemical industry, and the financial and insurance sectors. Threats have been made to arrest such 'violators' in the United States and to freeze their accounts in U.S. banks," the ministry explained.

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