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Russia ‘deeply disappointed’ by unilateral US sanctions on Iran: Foreign Ministry

Russia says it was “deeply disappointed” by US President Donald Trump’s move to re-impose unilateral sanctions on Tehran, vowing to make its utmost efforts to save a landmark nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

“We are deeply disappointed by US steps to re-impose its national sanctions against Iran,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The ministry said it will do “everything necessary” to save the historic nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and to protect its shared economic interests with Iran.

“This is a clear example of Washington violating UN Resolution 2231 and international law,” it added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry further said the multi-party nuclear agreement has “shown its effectiveness.”

It added that the international community should not “allow such significant achievements in multilateral diplomacy to be sacrificed in the name of American aspirations to settle political scores with Iran.”

“As long-term experience has shown, it will not be possible to gain concessions from Iran using pressure,” the statement pointed out.