Russia, India reject anti-Iran sanctions

Moscow and New Delhi have warned Western countries against the imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying that such measures are counter-productive.

In a joint statement issued after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held summit talks in Moscow, the two countries voiced support for the inherent right of states to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The joint statement further called for dialogue and diplomatic means to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.

On November 21, the United States, Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors.

The sanctions came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its latest report on Tehran’s nuclear program on November 8.

The US, israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to convince the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.

Tehran has categorically refuted Western allegations, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has the right to acquire and develop atomic technology for peaceful purposes.

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