Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Tehran was determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme.
The EU’s announcement coincided with the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and was coordinated with the United States and Canada. The two countries also introduced new sanctions.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws.
The official said there is also a chance for Indian companies to get development rights for Iran’s Farzad B gas field. Tehran could ease some terms associated with the project, he added.
“Ukraine periodically imposes sanctions against both Russian individuals and legal entities, and for specific Russian goods,” a Russian government statement said.
“America’s goal is to bring Iran’s Islamic system to its knees… and it will fail in this, but sanctions will no doubt affect people’s lives, and the country’s development and economic growth,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said.
The Council, which is the grouping of the 28 EU countries, said it had adopted its decision on the extension of sanctions unanimously.
“The sanctions exemption has big implications given that the project has garnered recognition and support from the United States and the international society,” South Korea’s presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said.
In late October, India agreed to a deal for multiple batteries worth more than $5 billion despite warnings from Washington. “Currently, S-400 contracts are being implemented with Turkey and China,” Russian defence sector, chief executive Sergei Chemezov said.
“The United States has given Iraq a temporary relief from the sanctions for 45 days to continue purchasing natural gas and electricity from Iran,” the U.S. Embassy in Iraq said.
“We consider restrictions imposed by the United States against Russia illegal,” Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman said told reporters.
A British-drafted resolution proposes the immediate removal of an arms embargo and targeted sanctions – a travel ban and asset freeze – imposed on Eritrea. It also strongly encourages Eritrea and Djibouti to work towards normalizing ties and settling a decade-old border dispute.