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Weakening Iran not in Moscow’s favor: Energy expert

Tehran, The director of Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) of Russia says that although Irans oil sanctions may share the country's quota among other countries, this will not benefit Moscow, because Kremlin does not want to weaken its strategic partner in the region.

Anton Khlopkov, in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Thursday, pointed to the US approach toward independent states, and noted, Russia must be careful not to accompany US' antiIranian plans because the United States wants to confront the great powers who are opposing its polices individually and overcome them.

The Russian expert, stating that the United States has focused its actions against Iran at the this juncture, made the remark that Washington has been struggling to hit the country in several stages, the last one to date, is to abolish Iran's oil exemptions for purchases of eight countries.

The Russian energy expert highlighted, 'It is clear that China and Turkey regard the US oil sanctions as illegal and typical examples of bullying in the international arena, so it is unlikely that they reject it and prevent from implementing and enforcing it.

'Trump wants to exert pressure on Iran and tell the world that Washington has enough power to punish any country that opposes its policies,' Khlopkov went on to say.

'It is clear that Russia, as the world's largest oil producer, will play an important role in implementing the antiAmerican plan,' said the director of Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS).

He noted that in addition to increasing pressure on Iran, the United States has pursued its antiRussian policies and has imposed 65 sanction packages against Russia.

Russian expert added that Trump has focused its efforts on four independent and sovereign countries, including Russia, Iran, China and Venezuela, and a variety of measures against these countries are taking place in the political, military, economic and energy fields.

He went on to say that although with Iran's punishment, the country's oil production quota could be shared between other countries, but this would be detrimental for Russia because Iran might be weakened as its strategic partner in the region, while Moscow in no way wants to run such a scenario.

Khlopkov said that Iran has proven to be a key partner for Russia in the fight against international terrorism in solving the Syrian problem, and in other matters, the cooperation between Moscow and Tehran will be significant and valuable.

The Russian expert noted that Russia must stand up to American antiIranian plans and refrain from accompanying its actions, and that such an approach should be coordinated with Russia and Iran via the political consultations in order to further influence.

The director of Center for Energy and Security Studies said that the level of cooperation and relations between Iran and Russia is excellent, expressing the current trend will be expanded with the cooperation and coordination of the two countries in the regional and international arena and the development of relations in bilateral frameworks.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8, 2018 the United States' withdrawal of Iran nuclear deal and restored the US sanctions against Iran in November. Nevertheless, Iran and other countries agreed to JCPOA, including Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France is still committed, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly stated Iran's commitment to this agreement.

The US continued its antiIranian measures, including the name of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in the list of terrorist groups, and lifting the exemption of eight buyers of Iranian oil and announced it would work to zero Iran's sales of its oil.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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