Possible U.S. sanctions in response to Russia-Iran oil-for-goods deal will be illegitimate - Russian diplomat

Washington's possible decision to introduce further sanctions in response to Russian-Iranian cooperation will be illegitimate, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.

Washington's possible decision to introduce further sanctions in response to Russian-Iranian cooperation will be illegitimate, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.

"As far as sanctions are concerned, we have said more than once that they are absolutely illegitimate, especially in this context. The sanctions-linked element of talks is clear to everyone. This issue was discussed in Vienna. There is an understanding as to how we can reach mutually acceptable solutions," he said.

Lukashevich offered his comments after being asked by Interfax whether or not Russia anticipated fresh U.S. sanctions over Moscow's cooperation with Tehran.

U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki said earlier that the U.S. had not ruled out further sanctions against Russia in response to its oil-for-goods deal with Iran.

Lukashevich, for his part, advised State Department representatives to "study this issue more carefully and take a look at the agreements achieved earlier, including with the active involvement of the U.S. secretary of state, before making such bold statements."

The remarks made by U.S. Department of State spokesperson Psaki address "a bunch of absolutely different topics," Lukashevich said.

"The latest round in Vienna produced very important agreements, which the parties, including the U.S., pledged to fine-tune over the next few months and then try to secure a full-scale solution to this problem," he said.

"And, as far as our fears are concerned, there are not many things that scare us," he added.

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