Russian FM: Sanctions intend to strangle Iranian economy
Sanctions against Iran intend to strangle Iranian economy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the press-conference, Ria Novosti reported.
"Sanctions have nothing to do with desire to ensure stability of the nonproliferation regime, Lavrov added. "This is seriously intended to provide a smothering effect on the Iranian economy and the position of the Iranian population, and possibly to provoke it ."
Lavrov also pointed out that Russia believes there are strong chances that the six-sided talks on Iran's nuclear program program will be resumed.
"We're sure that there are strong chances on resuming the six-side talks on Iran, however we deeply concerned by the fact that these processes are sometimes being interfered," Lavrov said.
Threat to impose additional sanctions against Tehran began to appear after a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program, which stated that Iran has worked over developing nuclear weapons, and such activities may still continue.
The United States and several Western countries suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the coverage of peaceful nuclear energy program.
Tehran denies the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at meeting the country's electricity needs.
Edited by: S. Isayev