Fars / Russia’s Foreign Minister noted that the country’s defense cooperation with Iran is in accordance with international law.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia’s defense cooperation with Iran is based on international law.
“Russia, in its military cooperation with Iran, which undoubtedly has the right to safeguard its defense interests, fully complies with its international obligations and prioritizes security and stability in the region,” Lavrov told Sputnik.
The Russian foreign minister made the remarks in response to a question about whether Moscow intends to enter into military cooperation with Iran, given the end of the UN arms embargo against Iran.
Lavrov said there were no legal restrictions on military cooperation between Iran and Russia, and that those restrictions, including former UN Security Council arms embargoes, had been lifted.
Lavrov said Russia’s military cooperation policies were in line with its export laws.
Arms restrictions against Iran were lifted under the terms of the Borjam nuclear deal in October this year. These restrictions automatically ended at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, the fifth anniversary of Burjam.
The end of this restriction meant that from the mentioned date onwards, the restriction on the export and import of weapons items from the origin to Iran was lifted and the travel restriction of 23 legal entities subject to the list of Resolution 2231 ended.
This happened after the US attempt to prevent the end of arms embargo against Iran failed twice in the Security Council.
The United States first passed a resolution on August 16 calling for a moratorium on sanctions against Iran. The resolution was rejected by 11 abstentions, 2 in favor (US and Dominican Republic) and 2 against (Russia and China).
A few days later (August 20), Washington issued a statement to the then-chairman of the Security Council announcing that it intended to use the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 to reinstate all Security Council sanctions against Iran.
In the letter, the United States accused Iran of “fundamentally violating” its obligations under the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (CJAP).
If the United States had not withdrawn from the UN Security Council, the letter would have begun a 30-day process that could have led to the “automatic return” of UN sanctions against Iran. 04:31 in the morning of September 20) were resumed against Iran.
However, the US effort was met with serious opposition from the beginning, and Reuters reported on September 22 that 13 members of the Security Council had written letters expressing their opposition to the US request to reinstate sanctions against Iran.
The two presidents of the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations also stated that they could not take further action on the US request to reinstate sanctions resolutions against Iran, despite the opposition of most members of the Security Council.
Following these developments, Donald Trump announced on September 22 that he had issued a new executive order to reinstate UN sanctions against Iran and to prevent arms exchanges with Iran. This action of the US government was not well received.