Putin praises U.S. on Iran but says sanctions harmful

MOSCOW Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:20pm GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a televised news conference in Moscow December 19, 2013. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a televised news conference in Moscow December 19, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the U.S. role in forging an interim deal to ease concerns about Iran's nuclear programme but said he hoped a U.S. decision to broaden a blacklist of companies under existing sanctions would not undermine progress toward a comprehensive agreement.

In an annual news conference, Putin said the deal reached last month between Iran and global powers seeking to ensure it does not seek atomic weapons would have been impossible without the "pragmatic position" of President Barack Obama's administration.

Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks last week on implementation of the interim agreement in protest against the U.S. blacklisting of an additional 19 Iranian companies and individuals under existing sanctions, saying the move was against the spirit of the deal.

"As for sanctions, I am certain that this is a counterproductive decision," Putin said. "I hope ... movements in this direction will not be a barrier to all of us moving forward toward a solution to the Iranian nuclear problem."

Russia approved four rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear activities but has sharply criticised additional punitive measures imposed by the United States and Europe.

Putin, whose country built Iran's first nuclear power plant, said Iran had the right to a peaceful nuclear programme and "the international community has no right to demand any discriminatory restrictions on it."

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (3)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
For all the western public knows, Iran could well have had nuclear weapons for decades by now.

Considering the collapse of what was the Soviet Union, I would be very surprised to hear that Iran hasnt had that inventory option open and available to it as a sovereign state.

Dec 19, 2013 12:49pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
With all the ADIZ festivities in the South and East China Seas, I’m surprised the Iranians havent announced their very own yet within the Persian Gulf!

Dec 19, 2013 1:10pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Putin, whose country built Iran’s first nuclear power plant, said Iran had the right to a peaceful nuclear programme and “the international community has no right to demand any discriminatory restrictions on it.”

I cannot believe Mr Putin has fallen into the easy trap of agreeing with the western Corporate media that the “international community” is the alternative name for Washington’s Capitol Hill.

Dec 19, 2013 2:03pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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