Russia and Syria condemn renewed US sanctions on ally Iran
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Russia and Syria condemn renewed US sanctions on ally Iran

Moscow says it is ‘deeply disappointed,’ while Damascus describes Trump’s move as ‘illegal’ and driven by ‘arrogance’

This December 11, 2017 photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad watching troops march at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
This December 11, 2017 photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad watching troops march at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia on Tuesday said it was “deeply disappointed” by the United States’ re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, while Syria described the move against its longtime ally as “illegal” and driven by “arrogance.”

A first wave of renewed US sanctions came into effect on Tuesday, hitting Tehran’s access to US banknotes and key industries such as cars and carpets following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal in May from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran, Washington, and other world powers.

“We are deeply disappointed by US steps to reimpose its national sanctions against Iran,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it will do “everything necessary” to save the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal and protect its shared economic interests with Tehran.

“This is a clear example of Washington violating UN Resolution 2231 [on the Iran deal] and international law,” the statement said.

Moscow said the multi-party nuclear agreement Trump abandoned in May has “shown its effectiveness.”

It called on the international community “not to allow such significant achievements in multilateral diplomacy to be sacrificed in the name of American aspirations to settle political scores with Iran.”

“As long-term experience has shown, it will not be possible to gain concessions from Iran using pressure,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Syria “sharply condemned the American administration’s decision to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran,” said a foreign ministry official quoted by state news agency SANA.

“These unilateral actions are illegal under international law and confirm that the US administration’s policies have a proclivity for hegemony and arrogance,” the Syrian official said.

Damascus has long been subject to US sanctions and Iran backs President Bashar Assad in Syria’s civil war, providing political, military, and economic support.

Tuesday’s sanctions on Iran are due to be followed by another round of punitive measures from Washington in November, targeting the country’s vital oil sector.

In an executive order Monday, Trump said the sanctions seek to pile financial pressure on Iran and force a “comprehensive and lasting solution” to aggressive activities, including its development of missiles and “malign” regional activities.

The US has sought to curtail Tehran’s influence in the Middle East, including its support for Assad’s regime.

Syria’s conflict has killed more than 350,000 over the past seven years.

Damascus is in full solidarity with Iran “in facing the hostile policies of the US administration”, the Syrian foreign ministry official said.

“Iran’s leadership, government, and people will triumph over all the ramifications of these steps,” the official added.

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