Euro Parliament Urges Russia to Back Iran Sanctions

Euro Parliament Urges Russia to Back Iran Sanctions
# 02 February 2012 15:52 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The European parliament on Thursday called on Russia and China to back UN Security Council sanctions against Iran and cease assisting its nuclear activities, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

“[Members] regret the ongoing refusal of China and Russia in the UN Security Council to support sanctions against Iran and call on Russia to cease providing assistance for Iran’s nuclear development until Iran has fully complied with its obligations under UN resolutions,” the parliament said in a resolution.

Iran is subject to a series of EU and U.S. sanctions, including measures targeting the country’s lucrative oil industry.

Western powers fear Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program but it insists its uranium enrichment work is for peaceful purposes only.

Members also backed new tough EU sanctions against Iran and condemned Tehran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, though which more than 20 percent of the world’s shipped oil passes.

Last week, EU Foreign Ministers agreed on additional sanctions against Iran, including a phased ban on imports of Iranian crude oil to the bloc from July 1.

The EU currently purchases about 20 percent of Iran’s oil exports.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to restart six-party talks with the West but added that it was “evident that those who resort to coercion are opposed to talks.”