On Tuesday November 6th the foreign ministers of Spain and Russia hit out at US sanctions policy against Iran and ultimatums they say are being imposed by the Trump administration.
In May President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 multi-national deal with Iran aimed at reining in its nuclear programme. The deal had been unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council resolution, making it legally binding.
On Monday November 5th, Washington reimposed its last tranche of sanctions, punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors.
As reported by AFP, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Sanctions are absolutely illegitimate, they are being imposed in flagrant violation of the UN Security Council’s decision. And the forms in which these measures are being declared and implemented cannot cause anything but deep disappointment. It is not acceptable in our age to pursue a policy-based on ultimatums and unilateral demands.”
Meanwhile, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell concurred, saying he rejected “any kind of position that resembles an ultimatum from anyone and also from the United States.”