Feb 12, 2020 16:47 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Feb 12, 2020 17:58 Asia/Tehran]
  • UNSC not discussing extension of arms embargo on Iran: Moscow

Moscow said UN Security Council is not discussing extension of arms embargo on Iran

Iran Press/Europe: Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Director Vladimir Ermakov has said that the United Nations Security Council is not currently discussing the possibility to extend the arms embargo imposed on Iran, which is due to expire in October. 

“I can assure you that there is no official discussion on reviewing the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231 either at the Security Council or at any other platform,” Ermakov said, when asked whether there were any talks on possibly extending the embargo, Sputnik reported.

“The above-mentioned resolution, which, I would like to note, envisions an authorization-based procedure for delivering weapons and military equipment to Iran and from Iran,does not actually provide a mechanism or even an option to extend it,” Ermakov added.

The official noted that all the provisions of the resolution were initially not aimed at “limiting Iran’s legal rights.”

“It was aimed at creating good conditions for throwing some light upon the questions that the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] than wanted to ask Tehran. All the questions were completely closed and removed from the agenda as early as in December 2015, which is reflected in IAEA’s documents and the decisions of its board of governors,” Ermakov added.

Russia has always observed all the demands outlined in the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2231, Ermakov stressed.

Earlier on February 2, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Jagaryan said that Tehran is interested in Russian military equipment, however he recalled that in the field of military-technical cooperation with Tehran, Moscow adheres to the restrictions imposed on Iran in accordance with international law – in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2231.

Commenting on the possibility of Iran acquiring Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the head of the Russian diplomatic mission indicated that Tehran should decide on this issue itself.

In the summer of 2019, the Bloomberg agency, claimed that Russia allegedly rejected Iran’s request to sell the S-400; hence, deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that Russia had not received any requests from Iran. 212/ 101

 

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