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Iran is on track to new sanctions – Middle East studies expert Danilov on alleged Iran-Russia arms deal

5 June, 2023 Monday
19:25

The UN Security Council should investigate Iran's arms sales to Russia. If it is confirmed, sanctions should be imposed on Iran. However, Russia holds veto power, which could impact the decision-making process

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This was stated by Deputy Director of the Center for Middle East Studies Serhiy Danilov on Espreso.

"The 2016 UN resolution endorsed the nuclear deal, which included a provision prohibiting Iran from supplying weapons to conflict zones. Once the authenticity of the alleged arms supply is established, the UN Security Council should convene and appoint a commission for a thorough investigation. If the findings confirm the allegations, comprehensive sanctions should be imposed, which Iran finds worrisome," he said.

According to Danilov, Iran's only hope is a veto from Russia or China, which Russia now guarantees as its client.

"This also indicates the possibility of sanctions being imposed by the US and the EU outside the scope of the UN Security Council. European nations are currently adopting a more assertive position towards Iran compared to previous times. They perceive an attack on Ukraine as an attack on Europe, and Europeans harbor even greater concerns than their American counterparts. Consequently, the situation is trending towards the implementation of new sanctions," the expert summarized.

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