Iran sanctions.Photo: iStock
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Russia on Tuesday called Washington’s tightening of oil sanctions on Iran an “aggressive and reckless” policy after the Trump administration announced it intended to stop all exports of Iranian crude.

“Such a course of action adds nothing to the Americans’ international standing,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The rest of the world perfectly understands that Washington’s policy is becoming more and more aggressive and reckless.”

The ministry said that “Washington is not even hiding its desire to make the world bend to its will,” describing the intensification of Iran sanctions as “disturbing.”

In a bid to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, Washington on Monday announced that it would from May 2 end US waivers that countries such as India, China, South Korea and Turkey currently have on buying Iranian crude.

The move targets the Islamic republic’s main economic earner and adds to sanctions pressure that has been intensified under US President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn his country from a 2015 international agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Russia, which is allied with Iran in Syria, praised Tehran’s “restraint” over “the arrogant American provocations.”

It called for all parties “with common sense” to do what they can to ensure the accord over Iran’s nuclear activities survives.

Trump’s decision to do away with the waivers has seen global oil prices rise, along with commercial tensions with China and India.

– with reporting by AFP

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