US snapback push against Iran 'theatrical performance': Russia
Russia has censured a unilateral declaration by the United States on the restoration of UN sanctions against Iran as a “theatrical performance” that aims to mislead the international community.
According to Press TV, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued an official statement on Sunday after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced earlier in the day "the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran" under the so-called snapback mechanism of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Pompeo threatened UN member states with "consequences" if they refused to implement the sanctions.
"The US continues to mislead the international community by speculating that the UN Security Council conducted some sort of procedures to restore the effect of UNSC resolutions on Iran sanctions, which were cancelled after the signing of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," read the statement from the Russian ministry.
"The facts are that the UN Security Council did not take any action that would lead to the restoration of old sanctions against Iran. All that Washington does is nothing more than a theatrical performance staged in order to subordinate the Security Council to its policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran and turn this authoritative body into its handy tool," the statement added.
The Russian ministry denounced the unilateral declaration by Pompeo as “unacceptable” and said, “The illegitimate initiatives and actions of the United States by definition cannot have international legal consequences for other countries.”
The Russian ministry also called on Washington to "have enough courage to face the truth and stop speaking on behalf of the UN Security Council.” It said Moscow "fully supports" the position of the majority of Security Council members that the US moves are "legally and procedurally null and void."
Earlier, Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted, “We all clearly said in August that US claims to trigger snapback are illegitimate. Is Washington deaf?”