US sanctions on Iran 'raise serious questions': Russia

24th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia said Friday that the United States' decision to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran's national airline and a port operator "raised serious questions."

The decision "to impose new unilateral sanctions on the largest port operator Tidewater Middle East Company and national airline Iran Air on the pretext of their 'involvement in proliferation activity' raises serious questions," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Russia opposes unilateral sanctions imposed by the US since they "potentially create a situation in which Russian business structures cooperating with the said companies could be put at risk," the ministry said.

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on the state-owned national airline, Iran Air, and Tidewater Middle East Company, a port operator owned by the Revolutionary Guards, saying they were involved in transporting weapons.

Iran is a traditional Russian ally, although Medvedev has adopted a tougher view of Tehran's nuclear programme and this month at a summit urged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to show more cooperation to resolve the nuclear standoff.

© 2011 AFP

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