Russia requested a UNSC emergency meeting on sanctions against Iran

Russia demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on August 21 because of the U.S. appeal to resume anti-Iranian sanctions. This was announced to TASS on Thursday, August 20, by First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky.

“In connection with the latest developments around the implementation of resolution 2231, Russia requested an open meeting in the morning of August 21,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially notified the UN Security Council about the restoration of U.S. sanctions against Iran. The restrictions will come into effect in 30 days. Pompeo expressed hope that the UN Security Council would support the U.S. initiative.

The day before U.S. President Donald Trump announced about the decision to restore sanctions against Tehran. In particular, Washington will extend the arms embargo for 13 years and impose a ban on uranium enrichment.

On August 14, the Council no longer supported the U.S. resolution to impose an arms embargo on Tehran. As later explained in the State Department, Washington is concerned that Iran may receive Russian air defense systems.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on August 20 that the U.S. has no reason to talk about the restoration of the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran. He stressed that Moscow condemns the actions of Washington.