Iran Raps US Sanctions on Russia

Iran Raps US Sanctions on Russia

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounced the US administration’s decision to impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation as a mistaken move in a wrong path.

“It seems that the United States government’s addiction to sanctioning other countries under bogus pretexts has turned into an institutionalized policy in that country,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Friday.

He added that even the change of the US administrations has not rectified such an attitude.

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order that imposes a slate of new sanctions against Russia, as well as expelling 10 diplomats from the US, in response to what Washington calls a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies.

The White House said the most recent punitive actions were also motivated by Moscow “targeting dissidents or journalists” and the undermining of “security in countries and regions important to the United States national security”, apparent references to the alleged Russian nerve-agent attack on opposition leader Alexey Navalny and a recent build-up of troops along the border of Ukraine.

Speaking in televised remarks on Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “A response to sanctions is inevitable. The United States is not ready to come to terms with the objective reality that there is a multipolar world that excludes American hegemony.”

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