More Smart Power… A Month After START Treaty Signed Russia Renews Opposition to Unilateral Sanctions on Iran

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US and Russia presidents Barack Obama and Dimitry Medvedev agree over the phone to sign the new SMART treaty. (Novinite)

One month after Obama and democrats rammed through the START Nuclear Treaty with Russia, Moscow today renewed its opposition to unilateral sanctions on Iran.
Fars News reported:

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined his country’s strong opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran.

“We have never supported unilateral sanctions, which will only serve as a spoiler for Iran,” Lavrov said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Thursday.

Lavrov also expressed hope that the sanctions are lifted in the talks between Tehran and major world powers.

Lavrov added that his country has always been very clear at pointing out its concerns.

Pointing to the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Istanbul, the Russian minister said that an agreement between the two sides on a perspective for future steps would mean the talks were a success, noting the negotiations would not be limited to the West’s standoff with Iran, but would also focus on solutions to regional problems.

Senior negotiators from Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) ended their first round of talks in Istanbul, Turkey minutes ago.

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