Political analyst Roman Romanov said that Russia has several mechanisms to support Iran in its sanctions war with the United States.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow calls on Washington to refrain from new anti-Iranian sanctions, which will only aggravate the situation.
“The situation will only worsen. This is a reflection of a conscious, purposeful line to aggravate the entire situation,” said the diplomat.
In addition, Sergei Ryabkov promised that the Russian Federation, along with “other sensible forces”, will counteract the new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
“Of course, we condemn the U.S. policy of this kind. We have repeatedly recorded the illegitimacy of unilateral sanctions. All this is a reflection of a broader attitude, which now seems to be at the heart of Washington’s foreign policy, to replace international law and universal mechanisms for solving international problems with their national legislation and unilateral steps,” added the Deputy Minister.
Commenting on the statement of the Russian diplomat, Roman Romanov, a political analyst of the Politrussia Internet edition, said in an interview with a correspondent of the Federal News Agency that Russia and Iran found themselves in similar situations – both countries are under sanction pressure from the U.S., and therefore they have much in common.
At the same time, the FAN interlocutor named several mechanisms of support for Iran in the international arena. According to Roman Romanov, these instruments can indeed partially offset the negative impact of economic pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“We can express our external support: we can say that Iran is our friend, partner and that we will support him. Another option is that Russia and Iran have demonstrated to the world that they are ready to cooperate together on the Syrian issue. Many countries represented in the Middle East region, including Israel, the European Union and the United States, which are not interested in strengthening Iran in Syria, have offered Moscow a small exchange many times: you reduce the influence of the IRGC in the ATS, you somehow put Iran on the back burner, and we are lifting sanctions or trying to negotiate with you in the international arena. This is not happening and that is why Russia may support Iran’s position in the region or not interfere with it, on the contrary, strengthen it in the republic,” the analyst continues.
The main problem of sanctions pressure on Iran is that the Islamic Republic simply has nowhere to sell its oil and gas, especially if the sanctions by the United States work at full capacity.
“As far as we know, there are now exceptions, which were signed by Donald Trump. That is, many countries can buy hydrocarbons from Iran even in spite of U.S. restrictions. Let me remind you that there are large countries like Japan among the buyers, but sooner or later these restrictions may be strengthened, and it means that Russia can offer itself as a kind of buffer, which will continue to throw out to the foreign market, for example, the same Iranian oil,” the expert concluded.
Recall that relations between the U.S. and Iran have recently become significantly strained. On June 20, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reported about the destruction of the American drone Global Hawk in the sky over the Khormozgan province near the Persian Gulf. The reason for this was the violation of Iran’s airspace. The head of the White House considered the incident a “big mistake” and did not rule out that it would be followed by the U.S. attack on Iran.
Moreover, last week in the Gulf of Oman there was an attack on two oil tankers – Front Altair, which went under the flag of the Marshall Islands, and Kokuka Courageous, which was following the flag of Panama. According to journalists, the explosions and fire on the ships could have been the result of a torpedo attack. All crew members of the affected ships were evacuated to Iran.
But even despite the anti-Iranian sentiment of the current U.S. President Donald Trump, experts are sure that his candidacy for the post of the head of the American state looks more preferable than the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. For example, Yuri Shvytkin, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, believes that Clinton’s activities as U.S. president would cause irreparable damage to U.S.-Russian relations.
“Speaking of a possible victory for Clinton in 2016, my personal opinion is that Clinton’s policy toward Russia would be more aggressive and destructive. It was openly Russophobic in nature and could have led to serious negative consequences,” explained the deputy.
In fact, Hillary Clinton is the representative of the establishment, which is accustomed to rely on the principles of globalism, to count on the support of the global financial elite and use shadow methods in foreign policy.