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Ulterior Motives behind Iran Sanctions: Russia

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TEHRAN, June 25 (ICANA) – The United States has imposed new sanctions on Iran's national airline Iran Air, and Iranian port operator Tidewater Middle East Company.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:57:47 PM
Ulterior Motives behind Iran Sanctions: Russia

Russia has raised questions about the true goals behind the new round of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran over its nuclear program.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday saying that the US sanctions imposed on the Iranian port operator Tidewater Middle East Company and the country's national airline, Iran Air, "raise serious questions," IRNA reported.

In the statement, Moscow voiced opposition to the latest round of unilateral sanctions because they could put Russian businesses at risk and noted, “Such actions, based on an extra-territorial use of US law, potentially create a situation when Russian business structures cooperating with these companies could be affected."

"This position is absolutely inadmissible for us. It needs a total review," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the US actions against the Islamic Republic strengthen “suspicions that the US sanctions policy is pursuing goals other than enforcing the regime of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

Washington imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran, prohibiting US entities from any transactions with Tidewater Middle East Company, which operates seven port facilities in Iran, and Iran Air, which serves 35 international and 25 domestic destinations with a fleet of about 40 aircraft, alleging that the two major components of the Iranian transport infrastructure are being used to help the country develop nuclear weapons.

Permanent UN Security Council members Russia and China are opposed to the West's policy of imposing sanctions on Iran.

The other three permanent members of the UN Security Council, the US, Britain, and France, are calling for the release of a UN report that accuses Iran of violations of UN sanctions, but Russia and China have prevented the publication of the report, saying that the information provided is unreliable.

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