TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov exchanged views about a host of issues, including recent measures adopted by the US administration against the Islamic Republic.
During the meeting, held in Moscow on Tuesday, Sanaei and Ryabkov deplored Washington’s unilateral sanctions and provocative actions against Iran as contrary to international regulations, saying the moves would increase disorder and chaos in the world.
The two sides also stressed the need for cooperation on regional and international issues, including the 2015 nuclear deal.
It came after the White House said on Monday that Trump “has decided not to reissue” waivers regarding sanctions against countries importing Iranian oil when the waivers expire “in early May”.
The exact deadline is May 2.
“This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders read.
Countries that continue to import Iranian oil in large amounts include India, China, South Korea, Japan and Turkey.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to “ensure an appropriate supply (of oil) for the markets” in order to make up for the loss of Iranian oil in the global market.
In May 2018, the US president pulled his country out of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.