Novak: tension in Persian Gulf not fault of Iran

Novak: tension in Persian Gulf not fault of Iran

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Iran is not the cause of instability in the Persian Gulf and that sanctions against the country are “unlawful.”

"As regards restrictions on Iranian exports, we support Iran and we believe that the sanctions are unlawful; they have not been approved by the UN," CNBC cited the Russian minister as saying.

He added that he didn’t think Iran should be considered as the cause of the unstable situation in the region.

"These steps seriously destabilize the situation, not only in Iran, upon whom the sanctions have been imposed, but, as we can all see, in the entire region around the Persian Gulf," Novak added.

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