Moscow considers the U.S. unilateral sanctions against Iran as illegal and hindering further progress in negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov told journalist on Feb. 11, RIA Novosti reported.
"We clearly reject such steps. The U.S. unilateral sanctions are illegitimate and contrary to the normal course of development of bilateral relations, and in this particular situation they impede further progress in the negotiations [on Iran's nuclear program]," the diplomat said.
The U.S. Department of Treasury last week blacklisted a number of companies and individuals from several countries for "support to Iran's nuclear program and active support of terrorism", despite the fact that in late January, the country began to weaken the sanctions against Iran under an agreement between this country and P5+1 group.
The agreement, reached in November 2013, provides suspension of certain aspects of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief of the sanctions.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.