News ID: 233499
Published: 0354 GMT October 28, 2018

Ambassador: US sanctions not to affect Serbia's ties with Iran

Ambassador: US sanctions not to affect Serbia's ties with Iran

Serbian ambassador to Iran downplayed the impacts of US sanctions on his country's ties and interactions with Iran, adding his country would not abide by unilateral sanctions on Iran.

Sanctions imposed on Iran are particular to the US and they are not international sanctions. The Serbian government takes the same stance as the EU in interactions with Iran, Dragan Todorović said on Sunday, according to Fars News Agency.

"We have very good ties with Iran, Russia, China and many other countries and the US sanctions do not affect our ties with Iran," he added.

Todorović underscored the excellent trade relations with Iran and said that the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal has not affected economic ties between the two countries.

He also described Iran as a country which does not interfere in other states' affairs, rejecting allegations that Tehran supports terrorism.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, official known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May and imposed sanctions on Iran.

This is while the US allies and international agencies attested Iran's compliance to the deal.

Last week, Reuters reported that a new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by November 4.

The mechanism, a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), is designed to sidestep the US financial system by using an EU intermediary to handle trade with Iran. It could ensure, for example, that Iranian oil bought by Europeans could be paid for with EU goods and services of the same value.

 

   
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