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Russia, Iran regard sanctions as political blackmail

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Staff writer ▼ | November 19, 2014
Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin has said that Iran and Russia share similar views on the Western sanctions against Moscow.
Sergey Naryshkin
Duma chairman   Sergey Naryshkin:
Naryshkin made the remarks in a joint press conference with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran.

The two countries believe that sanctions are a tool for "political and economic blackmail" which have no place in international law.

Larijani says nuclear talks are on ‘progressive path’

Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are set to resume nuclear talks in Vienna on Tuesday.

In his meeting with Naryshkin prior to the press conference Larijani said nuclear talks are on a "progressive path" but pretexts by the U.S. and some other Western countries in the group can create impediments on the path.

Commenting on bilateral relations, Larijani stated that Iran and Russia have enjoyed friendly relations and cooperation which should be boosted.

He highlighted the important role of the two countries’ parliaments in expansion of ties in various spheres.

Larijani also said Iran and Russia play important role in campaign against terrorism and extremism.

Naryshkin, for his part, praised Iran’s "positive and constructive" role toward regional crises.

He went on to say that continuation of cooperation between the two countries is very important to restore security in the Mideast region.

From the very beginning that the conflict started in Syria both Iran and Russian raised concerns about support to the militants fighting the Syrian government by some Arab and Western countries.

Commenting on the Iran nuclear issue, Chairman of the State Duma he stated that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy peacefully. Iran’s nuclear issue should be resolved in a "fair" way, he added.