Ryabkov: Moscow and Tehran to defend their economies from U.S. sanctions

Ryabkov: Moscow and Tehran to defend their economies from U.S. sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow and Tehran will be advancing ways in which to defend their economies from U.S. sanctions.

"We must — and many have already spoken about this, including our ambassador in Tehran - complete the transition process of economic interaction in the national currency as the best way to protect ourselves from the US abusing the role of the dollar," Sputnik cited the diplomat as saying.

Ryabkov also slammed Washington for the sanctions imposed on Damascus.

"There are ways to minimise the consequences of US sanctions, and these ways will be improved. There are alternative partners and formats, they need to be strengthened. I am sure that in the case of Syria, Russian-Syrian relations will only continue to ascend; neither the United States nor anyone else will interfere with this," the deputy minister noted.

"And I agree that the U.S. sanctions are economic terrorism," Ryabkov stressed.

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