TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Tuesday deplored the US and European states for imposing sanctions on a number of new Russian government officials and business entities, calling them “inefficient”.
“We condemn the sanctions; the US and Europe should be aware that such methods are inefficient and they shouldn’t treat countries from a superiority-seeking position,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran today.
She described the sanctions as an inefficient tool and experience which is based on superiority-seeking outlook and an arrogant morale, and said, “We believe that crises should be settled through talks and peaceful ways.”
On Monday, the US and Europe imposed sanctions on a slate of new Russian government officials and business entities in an effort to pressure President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian allies to surrender in Ukraine issue.
But the West’s action, which was initially expected more than a week ago, fell significantly short of the expansive sanctions Kiev’s government and many members of Congress have been demanding.
US and European officials said they held off targeting broad sectors of Russia’s economy, including its energy, banking and military industries, due to fears of an economic backlash and concerns that such measures could undermine diplomatic efforts to cooperate with Russia in stabilizing Ukraine.
Divisions between Washington and Brussels over a strategy to target Mr. Putin’s finances contributed to Monday’s limited moves, said the US and European officials.
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