Sanction friction

Age-old divides between the West, Russia and China are being underlined by the sanctions against Iran currently being considered by the UN Security Council.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions currently being pursued by the United States against Iran continued to dominate the headlines late last week, with unnamed Western diplomats claiming that these sanctions – if adopted – would bar the sale of Russia’s S-300 strategic air defence system to Iran. The Russians, for their part, seemed quite surprised to hear this news, and instead of corroborating the claims, issued statements that would indicate the contrary. Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that the resolution doesn’t contain a complete embargo on arms supplies to Iran, and that Iran has "the right to self-defence like any other country does.”

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