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Russia Strongly Opposes US Sanctions Against Iran Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – OpEd


Aide to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov in a phone conversation with Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali emphasized Moscow’s strong opposition to US sanctions against Iran, especially amid coronavirus outbreak.

The two sides discussed “medical terrorism” against Iran, the latest spread of the coronavirus worldwide, and the measures taken by Iran to combat the virus in the country.

In this conversation, the Iranian ambassador talked about “medical terrorism” and the extensive US sanctions against the Iranian nation, in particular preventing many countries from sending medical aid to Iran to combat coronavirus.

Jalali also appreciated Russia’s humanitarian aid to Iran and sending test kits as well as Russian political support to Iran.

Ushakov, for his part, emphasized Russia’s strong opposition to US sanctions on Iran, especially when Iran is fighting against coronavirus outbreak.

The two sides discussed launching a Russia-China-based campaign to lift sanctions on Iran.

While the countries are trying to boost cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, the US still continues its unilateral sanctions against Iran which have affected the country’s power to contain the outbreak.

The new sanctions come as China and Russia, in particular, have urged the US to remove its sanctions on Tehran since the restrictions could interfere with Iran’s efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

It may be recalled that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted that what the United States is carrying out against the Iranian nation is a crime against humanity.

“The banking and financial restrictions imposed do not identify whether you are purchasing humanitarian items or not. When a bank deems it risky to do business with Iran, it simply closes the door,” said Zarif.

In addition, European manufacturers of medical equipment do not sell their products to Iran because the US is threatening them with penalties, added Zarif. “There are several ways through which the United States is practicing economic and medical terrorism against Iran. Looking at it from a legal perspective, it is a crime against humanity.”

Asked about the official offer of United States to help Iran, Zarif said that the offer was ‘hypocritical’. “A few days ago, US Secretary of State, Pompeo asked other countries to set conditions to help Iran with the fight against coronavirus. All the United States needs to do is to stop interfering.”

“We will take care of ourselves and have enough friends in the world to help us. Stop economic terrorism. If you are not ready to do this, then we ask the world to stop just watching this bullying. This is inhumane.”

“Iranians are dying and people are accepting American bullying just in the hope that they will not be hit. This will not work.”

Calls for lifting unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran has increased during the recent weeks as the country is facing problems with buying its required medicine and equipment to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, Washington has announced that it will not abandon the maximum pressure policy. Iran has emerged as one of the hardest-hit countries by the virus. As of Saturday, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Iran rose to 1,556 with 20,610 confirmed cases.

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Shabbir H. Kazmi

Shabbir H. Kazmi is an economic analyst from Pakistan. He has been writing for local and foreign publications for about quarter of a century. He maintains the blog ‘Geo Politics in South Asia and MENA’. He can be contacted at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Russia Strongly Opposes US Sanctions Against Iran Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – OpEd

  • March 22, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I agree the US are being hatch , If the situation was flipped Iran would make the US suffer.A crime against humanity is bandied by Russia and Iran, well these two countries are fully fledged members of that club .Say no more squire .

    • March 28, 2020 at 8:14 am

      It may be easy to accuse, but it is very difficult to prove who is wrong. For that reason Russia and Iran were not involved in 9/11. USA has along list of toppling governments in various countries.


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