Russia, China Offer Alternative To Iran Sanctions


Russia has once again rejected severe sanctions on Iran, offering instead a joint resolution with China that the International Atomic Energy Agency can consider for approval.

Ria Novosti reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Astaneh, the Kazakhstan capital: “Our Western partners had proposed a severe set of sanctions for Iran at this meeting, but we firmly opposed it together with the Chinese delegations.”

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He added that the proposal by Western countries will not lead to any progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Lavrov stressed that the resolution proposed by Russia and China will give the agency an opportunity to work toward resolving Iran’s nuclear issues through negotiations.

The resolution, according to Lavrov, has been handed to the board of governors of the IAEA, and he expressed every hope that it would be passed unanimously.

Lavrov emphasized that Western countries’ harsh moves against Iran are ”unacceptable and not constructive.”

Russia and China have been very critical of the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran in the past year by the United States and the European Union.

Russia has said that such sanctions are aimed at a regime change rather than a peaceful resolution to the nuclear disputes with Iran.

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2 thoughts on “Russia, China Offer Alternative To Iran Sanctions

  • September 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Russia and China will never stand with the West when it comes to Iran. And negotiations will never result in Iran abandoning their nuclear weapons program. If it is to be stopped, it will have to be done militarily, or continued cyber attacks. Russia and China are not our allies, and will probably always oppose us at the U.N. and on the world stage.

  • September 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Where is the PROOF of Iran’s intending to produce nuclear weapons? Of course they will have the ‘capability’ to make these monstrous entities but that is NOT an offence unless/until it is actually done.

    In addition, what would they do with nukes if they actually made them? Bomb Israel-Palestine? The Dome on the ROCK? How could one be hit without the others? In fact Iran acquiring drones, smart bombs and penetrating Israeli security are or ought to be of greater concern.
    I.e. the nuclear threat is a red herring smoke screen to enable actions to cripple Iran’s desire for economic independence from the US$.


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