Latest US sanctions undermine fight against global terrorism: Russia

March 26, 2017 2:10 pm

Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

The Russian Foreign Ministry says Washington’s latest anti-Moscow sanctions undermine the fight against global terrorism.
Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
on Saturday that Moscow was “bewildered and disappointed” over the new
sanctions targeting eight Russian companies, which the US State
Department claims are involved with “proliferation” activity with North
Korea, Iran, and Syria.
On
Friday, the US State Department announced that sanctions had been placed
against 30 foreign companies, from , China, North Korea and the
United Arab Emirates, and the citizens of 10 countries accused of
engaging in nuclear proliferation activity. 
“This
step runs counter to the statements we hear from Washington that
emphasize the fight against terrorism, in particular in Syria, where it
has gained a foothold. On the contrary, it is completely at odds with
such declarations and undermines the prospects of setting up
comprehensive multilateral cooperation to destroy Daesh and other
terrorist groups that pose a threat to all countries, including the US,”
Zakharova said.
She
added that Washington was yielding to the wishes of those who have made
the destruction of Russia-US ties their main priority. “These
people have long been searching for enemies in the place where they
don’t really exist. Such an approach does not obviously meet the
security interests of the US.”

In
this March 9, 2016 photo obtained from the Iranian Fars Agency, a
Qadr H long-range surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iranian Armed
Forces.

The
United States claims that Iran’s missile tests violate Resolution 2231
that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement. Iran and the five permanent
members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States,
France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany started implementing
the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), on January 16, 2016. Tehran insists its missile tests do not
breach any UN resolution because they are solely for defense purposes
and not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

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