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Iran: Khamenei advisor lauds Russia, China as partners against US sanctions01:20

Iran: Khamenei advisor lauds Russia, China as partners against US sanctions

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
September 17, 2018 at 16:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia and China are major political and economic partners to Iran in countering US sanctions, said Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran, in Tehran on Monday.

Speaking at a seminar on Iran's strategic foreign policy, Velayati defined Russia and China as "two countries which are willing to accept US sanctions and even the ransom made to the Europeans who are saying they are loyal to the JCPOA."

"Both Russia and China are answering Iran’s invitation. They are in talks to come and buy US sanctions with their lives," Velayati said.

"In defence issues we have no problem with Russia," Velayati added. "Did they not give us the S300 [Air Defence System]? S300 is a strategic defence weapon. We have no problem with procuring advanced defence requirements from Russia."

Both Russia and China have indicated no intention to cooperate with US-led efforts to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. The next set of US sanctions on Iran are expected to come into effect on November 4, seeking to restrict sales of petrochemical products and oil from the country.

Iran: Khamenei advisor lauds Russia, China as partners against US sanctions01:20
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Russia and China are major political and economic partners to Iran in countering US sanctions, said Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran, in Tehran on Monday.

Speaking at a seminar on Iran's strategic foreign policy, Velayati defined Russia and China as "two countries which are willing to accept US sanctions and even the ransom made to the Europeans who are saying they are loyal to the JCPOA."

"Both Russia and China are answering Iran’s invitation. They are in talks to come and buy US sanctions with their lives," Velayati said.

"In defence issues we have no problem with Russia," Velayati added. "Did they not give us the S300 [Air Defence System]? S300 is a strategic defence weapon. We have no problem with procuring advanced defence requirements from Russia."

Both Russia and China have indicated no intention to cooperate with US-led efforts to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. The next set of US sanctions on Iran are expected to come into effect on November 4, seeking to restrict sales of petrochemical products and oil from the country.

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