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Russia: Nord Stream 2 is 'point of honour for Germany' - Lavrov04:49

Russia: Nord Stream 2 is 'point of honour for Germany' - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 24, 2020 at 18:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the fulfilment of the Nord Stream 2 project is "a point of honour for Germany," during the joint press-conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday in Moscow.

"US demands from Germany to recognise their happiness and necessity to strengthen its energy security, implying the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 and switch to more expensive American LNG [liquified natural gas]. This is my personal opinion, I do not speak as a public official. I suppose this is now the point of honour for Germany, honour in all senses and dimensions," he added.

Lavrov highlighted that newly introduced unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and that "in a matter of weeks the last restrictions on cooperation with Islamic Republic of Iran will be put out of action, which were written in SC Resolution 2231 and included restrictions on military cooperation with Iran. From October 18 they cease to be effective."

Concerning the issue of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Lavrov drew attention to the fact that Russia has requested consular access to him, but no official answer from Germany followed.

"We hope that eventually our partners understand that it is futile to talk to us from the position of some higher creature, which does not even try to answer lawful questions based on international conventions and only arrogantly demands some penance," said Lavrov.

In turn, Zarif claimed that the reinstatement of the US sanctions on Iran is the evidence that the US acknowledged its defeat in the UN Security Council.

Earlier the US imposed new sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms and enforced a UN arms embargo on Iran demanding the EU member-states to follow suit.

France, Germany and the UK released a joint statement on Sunday saying that the US had no authority to reimpose the sanctions and that any sanctions the US sought to impose on other states for non-enforcement would be similarly void. Almost all members of the UN Security Council, as well as the vast majority of the international community, and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres maintain that the US sanctions have no legal basis, as they hold that US has no right to impose them due to its 2018 departure from the Iran nuclear deal.

Russia: Nord Stream 2 is 'point of honour for Germany' - Lavrov04:49
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the fulfilment of the Nord Stream 2 project is "a point of honour for Germany," during the joint press-conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday in Moscow.

"US demands from Germany to recognise their happiness and necessity to strengthen its energy security, implying the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 and switch to more expensive American LNG [liquified natural gas]. This is my personal opinion, I do not speak as a public official. I suppose this is now the point of honour for Germany, honour in all senses and dimensions," he added.

Lavrov highlighted that newly introduced unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and that "in a matter of weeks the last restrictions on cooperation with Islamic Republic of Iran will be put out of action, which were written in SC Resolution 2231 and included restrictions on military cooperation with Iran. From October 18 they cease to be effective."

Concerning the issue of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Lavrov drew attention to the fact that Russia has requested consular access to him, but no official answer from Germany followed.

"We hope that eventually our partners understand that it is futile to talk to us from the position of some higher creature, which does not even try to answer lawful questions based on international conventions and only arrogantly demands some penance," said Lavrov.

In turn, Zarif claimed that the reinstatement of the US sanctions on Iran is the evidence that the US acknowledged its defeat in the UN Security Council.

Earlier the US imposed new sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms and enforced a UN arms embargo on Iran demanding the EU member-states to follow suit.

France, Germany and the UK released a joint statement on Sunday saying that the US had no authority to reimpose the sanctions and that any sanctions the US sought to impose on other states for non-enforcement would be similarly void. Almost all members of the UN Security Council, as well as the vast majority of the international community, and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres maintain that the US sanctions have no legal basis, as they hold that US has no right to impose them due to its 2018 departure from the Iran nuclear deal.

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