Bilateral relations between the United States and Russia are souring again, as both the countries have different policies on the uprising in Syria and the controversial nuclear program of Iran. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that his country does not accept the US sanctions on Iran as the US is simply trying to blackmail Iran. The ministry said that Russia only recognizes sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council. Russia has strongly criticized the recent sanctions of the United States against banks, insurance companies, shippers and all other organizations that had been working with Iran to sell the country’s petroleum products.
Russia has even threatened the United States that if the country’s firms are affected by these sanctions, then bilateral relations between both the states will also be affected. Russia has long been opposing sanctions against Iran, as the country deems such steps an overt blackmail. Russia has been pressing the United States to take such matters to the UN Security Council for approval. However, Washington knows that such controversial bills like sanctions against Iran will never be approved by the UN Security Council because Russia and China will veto them. Moscow is of the view that it is unfair that unilateral sanctions approved by the US Congress be imposed on other countries.
The United States has imposed sanctions against Iran on its oil trade and has also been pressing other countries to slash their oil purchases from the country. In a bid to convince different countries for the move, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has visited numerous countries and succeeded in her mission. South Korea, India, Japan and others have slashed their purchases of oil from Iran after successful lobbying of the secretary of state. Following the US sanctions, European Union also imposed embargo on import of Iranian oil. All these steps are aimed at affecting the economy of Iran and bring the country to the negotiating table over its controversial nuclear program.
The United States believe that Iran can only be forced to have dialogue to resolve the issue by imposing economic sanctions against it. However, the steps have failed to yield result so far, as Iran continues to move ahead with its nuclear program. The world powers have held three rounds of dialogue with Iran to resolve the crisis, but have failed. These rounds of talks were held in Istanbul, Baghdad and Moscow. Iranian representatives sought relaxation in sanctions during the talks.
A few months after he assumed the office, Presidenttried to normalize relations with Russia and also somewhat succeeded in his effort. However, once again bilateral relations between both the countries are deteriorating over policies on Syria and Iran.