The sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine have nothing to do with a possible agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today.
Russia on Saturday demanded written guarantees from Washington that sanctions against it would not affect its co-operation with Iran.
In an interview with CBS television’s Face the Nation, Blinken said an agreement with Iran was “close” but that “a couple of difficult issues” remained unresolved.
“The sanctions imposed on Russia… have nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal and its prospects for revival. These things are completely different and in no way related to each other,” he added.
Russia’s request could torpedo months of negotiations to revive the 2015 agreement by which the international community lifted sanctions against Iran.