Russian MFA: Sanctions against Iran have exhausted themselves
Strengthening of the sanctions against Tehran will not facilitate the resumption of talks on Iran nuclear issue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, the Interfax reported.
"We believe that sanctions on Iran have exhausted themselves. Strengthening sanction pressure on Iran will not lead to the desired goal, namely the resumption of the negotiation of the political process", the diplomat said.
On the eve, the European Union came to an agreement to impose an embargo on imports of crude oil from Iran. This will happen if Tehran does not begin to cooperate with the international community on the issue of its nuclear program.
As a European diplomatic source told reporters in Brussels on condition of anonymity, "an agreement in principle" on this point was achieved between the 27 EU countries, but "they would continue to work on it".
As RBC adds, citing the speech of French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, it is expected that an embargo will be officially announced at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers to be held January 30, 2012 in Brussels.
"I hope that the decision to impose an embargo will be reached", the head of the French Foreign told journalists. "We will do our best to provide our partners with alternative sources of oil".