US warned Russia about consequences of lifting embargo from Iran

Russia and China will feel the negative consequences of a possible lifting of the arms embargo from Iran. This was warned by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council, RIA Novosti reports.

“Iran will hold the sword of Damocles over the economic stability of the Middle East, jeopardizing countries such as Russia and China, which rely on stable energy prices,” the agency quoted the politician as saying.

It is clarified that Russia is among the world’s largest suppliers of oil and gas, and China is one of the largest energy consumers.

On June 25, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said that China and Russia would be isolated at the United Nations if they continued to block American projects to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

The United States has repeatedly demanded to extend the ban on arms supplies to Iran, which expires on October 18 this year in accordance with the terms of Tehran’s so-called nuclear deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Back in 2018, the American side announced withdrawal from this agreement and threatened Iran with additional sanctions.

Tehran, in turn, suspended the execution of several points of the deal, under which the Iranian nuclear program should be seriously reduced (in particular, Iran should export most of the enriched uranium abroad and stop enrichment work) in exchange for lifting restrictive measures. Tehran says it is ready for further negotiations if Washington apologizes for withdrawing from the agreement and pays compensation.

Moscow insists that the arms embargo against Iran should be fully lifted after October 18. Now official deliveries of weapons to Tehran can be carried out only with the prior approval of the UN Security Council.

According to the Kommersant newspaper, in 2016, that is, after the introduction of restrictions on the supply of weapons, Iran asked Russia for military equipment and weapons worth a total of eight billion dollars, but the UN Security Council and the lack of funds from Tehran prevented the conclusion of contracts.